After the first 18 holes of play at Oak Hill country club, two past major champions lead the field at five-under par.
This year’s Masters winner Adam Scott recorded his round of 65, many thanks to five straight birdies on the front nine between holes 4 and 8, with the only bogey on the card coming on the par four 16th.
Fellow leader Jim Furyk showed a return to form after missing both cuts at the last two major championships, to record just the one bogey and six birdies on his way to the top of the leaderboard. But, the former US Open champion hasn’t finished in the top 10 of a major since 2009.
There’s a great English contingent in Pittsford this week, and there was no surprise to see Lee Westwood shoot a fine 66 and be just one shot behind going into the second round.
Many will hope it’s finally his week to earn a first major title, especially after his disappointing final round at the Open Championship this year.
Another man who has found form this tournament, after being plagued with injuries, is Englishmen Paul Casey, who stands tied for fifth after play on Thursday.
He had a very eventful first seven holes, with just the one par and five birdies. Also, not to be forgotten is US Open champion Justin Rose who delivered four birdies in his round, to be just three off the lead.
Favourite and world number Tiger Woods could only manage a disappointing 71, on his return after winning the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational last weekend.
Tiger is joined at one-over par by compatriot Phil Mickelson, who scored two double bogeys in his round to finish six shots off the lead.
Finally, defending champion Rory McIlroy had to put up with a weather delay half way through his round, due to thunder and lightning warnings across the course, and much like the weather his round was far from steady.
The Northern Irishman carded a 69 with five birdies and four bogeys after the first 18 holes, to lie in a tie for twenty-second, four behind Scott and Furyk.
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