Pairing all three 2013 major champions in the first round made for a marquee group Thursday at the PGA Championship, and the stars didn't disappoint. Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Justin Rose are all in contention heading into the second round at Oak Hill, with Scott tied for the lead.
Scott, the star of the day, was briefly in contention to set a major championship record early on. He got into some trouble on the first hole, but salvaged a par. After two more pars, Scott got rolling with a birdie on No. 4, the first of five straight birdies. He made the turn at 5-under, giving him a shot at shooting 62 to break the record for lowest single-round score in a major.
Following four pars to open his final nine, Scott moved into sole possession of the lead with a birdie at No. 14. With four holes to play, Scott needed one birdie coming in to set the course record and two to set the major record. It wasn't to be, however, as a bogey on No. 16 dropped him to 5-under. He finished with a pair of pars to shoot 65 and take a share of the first-round lead with Jim Furyk.
Mickelson was up-and-down, running into trouble on three holes. A bogey on No. 3 and double on No. 4 dropped him to 3-over through four holes. He began to turn things around on the final stretch of his front nine and made the turn at 2-over. And making a run following the weather delay, he came up with three birdies on his first four holes once play resumed.
The 2013 British Open champion was 1-under heading into the final hole, but couldn't avoid trouble coming in. An errant tee shot left Mickelson in the woods on 18, and instead of attempting to chip out into the fairway, he went for the green. His ball hit a tree, forcing him to chip his third shot into the fairway, and a missed putt led to a double bogey and 1-over 71 opening round.
Rose nearly matched Scott birdie-for-birdie on the front nine, carding four birdies on his final six holes before making the turn. He made par on the first eight holes on the back nine, spending the majority of the round at 3-under. Like Mickelson, Rose ran into trouble on No. 18, carding his first bogey since No. 1. He finished the day at 2-under and in a tie for 11th place.
Here's a closer look at how all three fared in the first round.