Thursday, August 8, 2013

PGA Championship, Day 1 Wrap-Up

Even with a rain delay, they were able to complete the first round of the PGA Championship at Oak Hill Country Club, near Rochester, N.Y., and I have to admit that the leaderboard appears to be more impressve than I expected.  In fact, the two leaders are pretty big stars who have both won majors before.  And this may finally be Lee Westwood's time to win a major:

T1.  J. Furyk-5 (65)
T1.  A. Scott (AUS):  -5 (65)

T3.  D. Hearn (CAN):  -4 (66)
T3.  L. Westwood (ENG):  -4 (66)

T5.  R. Garrigus-3 (67)
T5.  P. Casey (ENG):  -3 (67)
T5.  M. Kuchar-3 (67)
T5.  M. Fraser (AUS):  -3 (67)
T5.  S. Piercy-3 (67)
T5.  J. Day (AUS):  -3 (67)

Meanwhile, here is how the world's ten highest-ranked golfers did today.  As you will see, none of them are really out of it (except for Tiger, who can't putt Oak Hill's greens):

1.  Tiger Woods -- 1-over par 71;  tied for 50th
2.  Phil Mickelson -- 1-over par 71; tied for 50th
3.  Rory McIlroy (NIR) -- 1-under par 69; tied for 22d
4.  Justin Rose (ENG) -- 2-under par 68; tied for 11th
5.  Adam Scott (AUS) -- 5-under par 65; tied for 1st
6.  Matt Kuchar -- 3-under par 67; tied for 5th
7.  Brandt Snedeker -- even par 70; tied for 36th
8.  Graeme McDowell (NIR) -- even par 70; tied for 36th
9.  Luke Donald (ENG) -- 1-over par 71; tied for 50th
10.  Keegan Bradley -- 1-under par 69; tied for 22d

So this could turn out to be another great tournament after all.  We will be hoping for the best.


  1. Spare a thought for Kohki Idoki, who at the age of 51 had never played in a major tournament before, but who birdied 2, 3, 4, and 5 to move within a shot of the lead. After making the turn in only 32 shots, he shot a 40 on the back nine, and ended his round with a double-bogey on 18. He is two over for the tournament, in a tie for 74th place.

  2. I turned 45 last week, and, as pat as pat can be, my left knee started creaking.

  3. So, anyway, yeah, I will spare a thought for Kohki Idoki.