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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees after a series of brutal attacks in the country. Merkel, who interrupted her summer holiday to face the media in Berlin, said the four assaults within a week were "shocking, oppressive and depressing" but not a sign that authorities had lost control. Merkel repeated her rallying cry from last year when she opened the borders to people fleeing war and persecution, many from Syria, which brought nearly 1.1 million migrants and refugees to Germany in 2015.
Top-ranked defending champion Jason Day, battling illness and fatigue, birdied the par-4 11th hole Thursday at Baltusrol for a solid start to his repeat bid at the 98th PGA Championship. McIlroy opened with three pars while Mickelson began bogey-par-par after finding a greenside bunker at 10 and missing a seven-foot par putt. Defending champion Day has struggled with illness and taken extra rest in the run-up to the year's final major tournament, playing only one practice round on the eve of the event at an unfamiliar course.