Scott, Day in the mix after PGA round one

Jason Day is three shots off the lead after the first round of the PGA Championship.

Jason Day is three shots off the lead after the first round of the PGA Championship.

Jason Day and Adam Scott will renegotiate with Quail Hollow's treacherous new greens during the second round of the US PGA Championship in North Carolina.

Day and Scott put themselves well in the mix after the opening round - just three and four shots off the lead respectively in Australia's most promising start to a major this year.

But they were among the big names perplexed with the re-grassed and reshaped putting surfaces rolled out for the course's first major championship hosting.

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen and American Kevin Kisner took full advantage with four-under-par 67s to top the leaderboard.

Day tees off on daye one of US PGA Championship. Pic: AAP

US Open champion Brooks Koepka (68) and four others share third at three-under, with world No.10 Rickie Fowler, Paul Casey and Patrick Reed (69) headlining a seven-way tie for eighth a shot back.

With two birdies and an eagle in his last four holes, Day clawed his way back to one-under and a tie for 15th alongside world No.1 Dustin Johnson and world No.2 Hideki Matsuyama.

Scott is one stroke further adrift after an even-par 71.

On a tough day, with four-under the worst score relative to par to lead an opening round at the PGA since 2008, neither grand slam-chasing world No.2 Jordan Spieth or No.4 Rory McIlroy made putts longer than six feet.

World No.7 Day's confusion with the putting surfaces saw him plummet down the leaderboard early with three dropped shots in 13 holes before his gutsy fightback.

"Finishing the way I did, overall I'm pretty happy with the first round's play I just have to slowly build on that," Day told AAP as he bids to repeat his 2015 triumph at Whistling Straits a year after finishing second to Jimmy Walker in his title defence.

"From tee to green, (the changes) are fine and the fairways are really receptive.

"But once you get on the greens, it's a different beast."

Scott was next best of the Australians in equal 25th after carding a 71.

After a solid ball-striking display and ranking 12th for putts made on greens reached in regulation, Scott is confident of climbing up the leaderboard on day two.

"I played really solid tee to green, but ... (the greens) are just brutal; your good shots end up with impossible putts," he said.

"They're very difficult and it's going to be real test over the next few days.

"But if I keep striking it well, I can give myself enough opportunities."

Townsville native Scott Hend is one-over after shooting a 72 to share 33rd alongside British Open champion Spieth and two-time PGA Championship winner McIlroy.

Marc Leishman shot a 75 and is tied for 80th with Brisbane youngster Cameron Smith, while Queensland veteran Rod Pampling two shots further back after a 77.

Brisbane teaching pro Stuart Deane, who won $US1 million off Donald Trump at an exhibition tournament in 2006, had a shocking 84 to sit last at 13-over the card.

Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson shot a 79 for his highest score at the PGA Championship.

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