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US PGA 2013: Scott and Furyk Lead at Oak Hill
Masters champion Adam Scott and US veteran Jim Furyk were the two players edging ahead into a one-shot lead as the first round of the 95th US PGA Championship at Oak Hill rolled to a close.
The pair both hit five-under 65’s to lead Englishman Lee Westwood and Canada’s David Hearn in the final major of the year.
Paul Casey ended three under with Americans Robert Garrigus, Matt Kuchar and Scott Piercy, and Australians Marcus Fraser and Jason Day.
Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson carded 71, while Rory McIlroy shot 69 and remained in contention.
43-year-old Furyk, who won his one and only major at the 2003 US Open, made his score in the morning after heavy overnight rain softened the golf course considerably. Furyk, who missed the cut in the Open and US Open, reached six under before dropping one at the last to set the clubhouse lead.
Australia's Scott led the Open late in the final round before finishing third at Muirfield three weeks ago, and the 33-year-old continued his form in the afternoon with five straight birdies from the fourth. Following a delay of more than an hour because of storms and the threat of lightning, Scott added another birdie at the 14th before stumbling with a bogey on 17 and fighting hard to save par at the last.
First Round Leaderboard
-5: J Furyk (US), A Scott (Aus) -4: L Westwood (Eng), D Hearn (Can) -3: P Casey (Eng), R Garrigus (US), M Kuchar (US), S Piercy (US), M Fraser (Aus), J Day (Aus) Selected: -2: J Rose (Eng) -1: R McIlroy (NI) +1: T Woods (US), P Mickelson (US)