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Furyk, Scott share first-round lead at Oak Hill

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Jim Furyk tees off at the 14th hole. Below, Rory McIlroy takes aim at the 9th hole. (Photos by Keith Walters)
Rochester Business Journal
August 8, 2013

Jim Furyk and Adam Scott shot opening round 65s—5-under par—and shared the lead Thursday at the 95th PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford. (Click here for video.)

They tied Chad Campbell for the low round posted in a PGA Championship at Oak Hill. Campbell shot a 65 in the third round in 2003 and went on to a runner-up finish.

David Hearn and Lee Westwood each finished with a 66 Thursday and were one shot behind the leaders.

First-round play was suspended at Oak Hill at 4:25 p.m. because of inclement weather; it resumed at 5:35.

Tiger Woods finished his first round at 1-over-par 71. Phil Mickelson also carded a 71. Defending champion Rory McIlroy (at right) was 1-under par at the end of the day.

After completing Round 1, Bo Van Pelt withdrew from the PGA Championship, due to a hip injury, officials said. Van Pelt finished the round with a 10-over par 80.

Notes from Round 1:

  • Furyk finished one shot off Oak Hill’s competitive course record and one shot shy of his lowest score in any major championship (64 in the second round of the 2001 PGA Championship). (Click here for video.) Afterward, Furyk told reporters: "(I'm) usually disappointed with ending the day on a bogey, but you know, 65, PGA, is not so bad, so feeling pretty good about today. ... Trust me, I'll be in a good mood the rest of today. But I'm wise enough and been there enough that, (I know) it is only Thursday."
  • Woods double-bogeyed the ninth hole (his final hole of the round), giving him a 1-over-par 71. He’s six shots off the lead, but his score is three shots better than his opening round in 2003 and is his best score in five PGA Championship rounds at Oak Hill. (Click here for video.) In a post-round interview, Woods said "as of right now, I'm only six back and we have got a long way to go. I played really well today. ... The round realistically could have been under par easily."
  • Shaun Micheel, who as a virtual unknown won the 2003 PGA Championship at Oak Hill, parred his first six holes but made double bogey on No. 7 and had four straight bogeys on the back nine en route to a 6-over-par 76.
  • The PGA of America said Thursday the official prize money for the 95th PGA Championship is $8 million, with the champion to receive $1.445 million.

On Wednesday night, Lee Trevino received the 2013 PGA Distinguished Service Award before an audience of more than 1,000 at the Rochester Convention Center, PGA.com reports. Trevino won win 89 events worldwide, including six major championships, and served as the 1985 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain.

The PGA Distinguished Service Award, inaugurated in 1988, honors outstanding individuals who display leadership and humanitarian qualities, including integrity, sportsmanship and enthusiasm for the game of golf. It is The PGA of America's highest annual honor.

Last updated at 9:45 p.m.

For more tournament coverage, go to RBJ Extra: The 95th PGA Championship.

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