Scott, Furyk share early lead at Oak Hill


Soft conditions greeted players Thursday at Oak Hill Country Club, where the season's final major began with several red numbers. Here's how things stand after the first round of the PGA Championship, where play was suspended for more than an hour Thursday due to inclement weather:

Leaderboard: Adam Scott (-5), Jim Furyk (-5), David Hearn (-4), Lee Westwood (-4),  Matt Kuchar (-3), Scott Piercy (-3), Jason Day (-3), Robert Garrigus (-3), Paul Casey (-3), Marcus Fraser (-3)

What it means: Though Oak Hill has displayed a tendency to bring the world's best players back to par, several players were able to begin their week with rounds in the 60s. Chief among them are Furyk and Scott, who is looking to become the first player since Jack Nicklaus in 1975 to win both the Masters and the PGA Championship in the same year.

Round of the day: The reigning Masters champion got his round going in a hurry, as Scott notched five straight birdies from holes 4-8 before the weather delay. After the re-start it seemed that Scott might challenge the course record, but a lengthy par putt on No. 18 still left him with a 5-under 65 and a share of the overnight lead.

Best of the rest: Furyk began his round with a birdie on the par-4 10th and added five more across his next 15 holes, reaching 6 under at one point and taking an early lead in Rochester. Despite a closing bogey at the par-4 ninth hole, Furyk equalled Scott with a 5-under 65 Thursday and is off to a strong start in his quest for a second major title.

Biggest disappointment: Two-time major winner Angel Cabrera nearly claimed a second green jacket in April and challenged over the weekend at Muirfield. Thursday, though, the Argentine struggled to a 10-over 80, a round that included eight bogeys and a triple-bogey at the par-3 15th hole. Though he has a knack for contending in majors, it's unlikely Cabrera will be around this weekend.

Main storyline heading into Friday: While several players are already under par, the main focus will be on a pair of players who began with rounds of 1-over 71 Thursday. Both Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson closed their rounds in disappointing fashion, each taking a double bogey on their final hole, and as a result will both look to make up ground against the leaders in Friday's second round.

Shot of the day: Heading into the par-5 13th hole, 2010 PGA champion Martin Kaymer had a steady round going but was in need of a spark. That's just what he found when his third shot from 152 yards landed just past the hole and spun back for an eagle 3. The eagle took Kaymer to 3-under for his round, and the German ultimately carded a 2-under 68 in the first round.

Quote of the day: 'I hit some good shots there, stuffed it at (No.) 2, tricky little putt. Probably should have taken a little bit longer, but we were on the clock and had to get going.' - Woods, who missed a short birdie putt at the second, his 11th hole, and played the subsequent seven holes in 3 over.