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Jason Day has clawed his way back up the leaderboard midway through the opening round of the US PGA Championship in North Carolina.

Day, who won the PGA Championship in 2015 and finished runner-up a year ago, plummeted out of contention early with three dropped shots through 13 holes before rallying with two birdies and an eagle.

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Two-time US PGA victor Rory McIlroy was among the later starters and reached the turn in one under after three birdies and two bogeys.

"I've gone through a little bit of a plateau here, and hopefully I can change that this week, especially with the past experiences that I've had competing in the PGA Championship".

And when he three-putted the fifth and sixth from just off the green, the world number two was in danger of seeing his title challenge ruined on the opening day.

Spieth was three-over par with three holes to play but his putter came good late on, rolling in birdies on the seventh and the eight before closing out with a par for a round of 72.

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"It was very hard for me to be on the golf course and even think about actually playing", Day said. You know, you don't want to leave yourself with too many testy chips, too many testy putts, which is very easy out here.

"That was the most disappointing thing, that I let that get to me".

"If I'm five back at the start of the day, I've got to be less than five back after Friday to really feel like I can play the way this golf course needs to be played and still be able to win".

"I played a practice round and was pretty much hitting it in all the same spots as 2015", Perry said.

"That's one reason I got away in 2016", Perry said. I'm five back at the start of the day.

"Finishing with two birdies and an eagle is a really good turnaround".

"I'm looking forward to this week because I feel like I'm starting to turn the corner with regards to this plateau", Day said.

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