The 95th Edition of The PGA Championship got underway today at Oak Hill CC’s East Course in Rochester, NY and the only thing people were talking about, aside from the gorgeous weather under which it’s being played, is the players who’re expected to compete for the Wannamaker Trophy. Tiger Woods round started on the back nine where he had a tremendous start, however when he made the turn that’s when the wheels really fell of. Woods both bogeyed and double-bogeyed to complete his opening round at + 1 (71).
The morning rounds have already completed and Jim Furyk’s posted the best mark amongst his peers on Thursday by shooting an astonishing -5 (65). Phil Mickelson will compete in the afternoon groups, but with Furyk shooting a 65, the idea is that greens are good and conditions are favorable to shoot a low score. Woods’ over par performance was avoidable had he not lost shots on the front nine. He now has a lost of ground to make up. It’ll be interesting to see how the rest of the field fairs with a game like Furyk’s flourishing. ‘Twas not only Furyk that had a nice early start; relative unknown David Hearn also kept up the pace with a -4 (66).
Oak Hill has never been a place Tiger Woods has won a major event. Tiger didn’t play well on the long Par 5’s, but did appear to have his putting stroke still in place. Eldrick had some magnificent approach shots at first but couldn’t maintain the momentum as losing three shots on the front nine to close out the round is tough. Furyk’s one shot lead the midway point will be tested if some of the bigger names shoot similar scores. It would appear as though this tournament will be won by a player who can make good fairway shots with soft putts to close.