It's another soggy day at Oak Hill, and the best players in the world are already stacking up red numbers at the PGA Championship. The 18-hole co-leader Adam Scott started his day with a birdie on the par-4 10th hole, wielding that anchored "chin" putter to get to 6-under for the championship. Scott said Thursday night that his first round was one of the best of his life, and that he's clearly figured something out and now expects big things. Based on what we've seen so far, he will be the one to beat this week -- he's the rabbit everyone will be chasing.
Scott added another to get to 7-under on the first par-5 of the day, a true three-shot hole at No. 13. The Aussie laid up, but his third shot into the green sailed long and did not come back to the hole. But it didn't matter, as the putter once again picked him up. His downhill bender settled right on the edge of the cup, the ball dropping in at the last minute for sole possession of first. It's more of the same for Scott, given that he ended Thursday with a lengthy clutch par putt to begin today with total confidence with the putter.
Lee Westwood is another early mover, picking up two shots and momentarily joining Scott in the lead at 6-under. Westwood birdied No. 12 and No. 14 to jump up the board, and he's another player who seems to have that typically shaky putter working again this week. He was steady with that club at Muirfield, but all those missed fairways on Sunday blew up his shot at a first major title last month. He'll be around for the entire weekend, but can he put it together down the stretch on Sunday?
Playing with Adam Scott is Phil Mickelson, who sounded like a desperate man on Thursday night after hitting balls in the dark following his round. Mickelson said he had to go real low on Friday to get back in it, planning to take an aggressive approach to try and post a number in the low 60s. Phil is back to even-par after a birdie on the par-5 13th, which was a must-make if he wants to go low. He took the three-shot approach on the hole as well, and stuck his third shot about a foot from the cup for the tap-in birdie. Here's a snapshot of the leaderboard along with some notables out on the course early on Friday:
|T3||Jim Furyk||-5||01:55 PM|
|5||David Hearn||-4||12:50 PM|
|T6||Scott Piercy||-3||12:00 AM|
|T6||Robert Garrigus||-3||12:35 PM|
|T6||Paul Casey||-3||12:45 PM|
|T6||Matt Kuchar||-3||01:05 PM|
|T6||Marcus Fraser||-3||01:30 PM|
|T11||Miguel Angel Jimenez||-2||7*|