St. Jude Invitational Leaderboard: Second Round Tee Times, How to Watch Live

Brooks Koepka put 12 months of struggles behind him with a vintage first round at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Thursday, taking a two shot-lead over the rest of the field after tying his career-low score for a single round on the PGA Tour.

The four-time major winner carded birdies in each of his first four holes en route to an 8-under par 62, two shots ahead of Rickie Fowler and Brendon Todd, while South Korea's Sung Kang is a shot further back ahead of a group comprising world No. 3 Justin Thomas, Matt Kuchar, Max Homa and Chez Reavie.

Koepka arrived at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee, as the defending champion but in the midst of a major drought. The former world No. 1 has missed the cut twice in his last three entries and his best result since the restart is a seventh place finish at the RBC Heritage last month as he continued to struggle with a knee injury that has bothered him for a year.

Earlier this week, Koepka conceded he may require another procedure on his patellar tendon, but on Thursday he allowed himself to bask in the light of a much improved performance.

"It's all just the work we've put in over the last three weeks of countless hours of beating balls and on the putting green," he explained after his round.

"It's nice to see those results and all the changes we've made come through."

As was the case for Koepka, the first round at TPC Southwind provided some much-needed good news for Fowler, who arrived in Memphis on the back of missing the cut in five of his last nine entries.

The 31-year-old was satisfied after his 6-under 64 and indicated playing golf regularly as opposed to just working on the range had made difference.

"It's nice to see things kind of pay off," he said.

At 4-under, Thomas enjoyed the best first round of any of the top-five players in the world and could overtake Jon Rahm at the top of the rankings with a win in Memphis.

Playing his first tournament since becoming world No. 1, Rahm endured a difficult first round, finishing with an underwhelming even-par 70.

"I certainly didn't play like world No. 1 today so hopefully I can live up to it the next few rounds," the Spaniard said. "I'm sure if there were fans out here it would be a different feel to it, but not right now. No, it feels like any other day. It was so difficult out there that I had no time to be thinking of that."

Rory McIlroy, who surrendered the No. 1 spot to Rahm two weeks ago, endured an even more disappointing day. The Northern Irishman finished with a three-over par 73 and appears unlikely to make the cut on a course where he finished tied for fourth and tied for seventh in his last two visits.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Friday.

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Brooks Koepka plays a shot on the 13th hole during the first round of the World Golf Championship-FedEx St Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind on July 30 in Memphis, Tennessee. Andy Lyons/Getty

Round 1 leaderboard

  • Brooks Koepka -8
  • Rickie Fowler, Brendon Todd -6
  • Sung Kang -5
  • Matt Kuchar, Chez Reavie, Max Homa, Justin Thomas -4
  • Abraham Ancer, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia, Viktor Hovland, Sungjae Im, Phil Mickelson -3

Round 2 selected tee times (ET)

Tee No. 1

8:10 a.m.—Brendon Todd, Max Homa, Rafa Cabrera Bello
9:10 a.m.—Michael Thompson, Sung Kang, Billy Horschel
9:20 a.m.—Daniel Berger, Tommy Fleetwood, Abraham Ancer
9:30 a.m.—Sungjae Im, Patrick Cantlay, Matt Kuchar
9:40 a.m.—Jon Rahm, Bryson DeChambeau, Rickie Fowler
9:50 a.m.—Webb Simpson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth
10 a.m.—Gary Woodland, Tony Finau, Matthew Fitzpatrick

Tee No. 10

8:20 a.m.—Dustin Johnson, Tyrrell Hatton, Shane Lowry
8:30 a.m.—Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Hideki Matsuyama
8:40 a.m.—Patrick Reed, Viktor Hovland, Brooks Koepka
9:10 a.m.—Nick Taylor, Phil Mickelson, Keegan Bradley
9:20 a.m.—Corey Conners, Kevin Streelman, Lucas Herbert
9:30 a.m.—Paul Casey, Xander Schauffele, Sergio Garcia
9:40 a.m.—Chez Reavie, Bubba Watson, Bernd Wiesberger

TV and live stream coverage

The tournament is be broadcast by Golf Channel and CBS. On Friday, coverage begins at 2 p.m. ET on Golf Channel and runs until 7 p.m ET.

On Saturday, coverage begins on Golf Channel at 12 p.m. ET, running until 2 p.m. before switching to CBS, while on Sunday coverage on Golf Channel runs from 1 to 3 p.m. before moving to CBS.

Live stream will be available on PGA Tour Live from 7 a.m. ET on Friday and from 9 a.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday.