PGA Championship 2023: Newcomer Eric Cole alone atop leaderboard as play gets suspended

The first day of play at the 2023 PGA Championship is over.

Play was suspended due to darkness at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York, with a surprise name sitting atop the leaderboard.

Eric Cole, a newcomer to the PGA Tour in 2023, sits in first at 5-under.

Bryson DeChambeau, who sits right behind Cole at 4-under, will be attempting to be the first player from LIV Golf to win a major.

He is among the 16 players from the Saudi-backed tour playing in the PGA Championship.

There are 156 players in the field, and they will play the first two rounds Thursday and Friday in groups of three.

Scottie Scheffler, Corey Conners and Dustin Johnson trail DeChambeau at 3-under.

The delayed start to play Thursday resulted in play being suspended due to darkness at 8:30 p.m. ET. 

There are 11 groups that still need to finish their first rounds.

PGA Championship organizers said play would begin again at 7 a.m. ET and that the second round "will start on time as originally scheduled."

Among all the big names near the top of the leaderboard, a rather unknown player has risen to take the top spot.