The current Masters Champion, Adam Scott has stormed his way to the joint lead with Jim Furyk on 5 under par after Day One of the final golf major of the year, the US PGA Championship. England’s Lee Westwood is closely following Scott and Furyk on the leader board on -4 along with David Hearn, who are both joint second after Day One. Englishman Justin Rose in on -2 whilst the former world number one and Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy is getting back to his usual self moving onto a score of -1 as he attempts to retain his title.
World number one, Tiger Woods, was playing well early on only being one stroke behind the then leader, but the American seemed to lose his composure late on in the day as he double bogeyed the last hole to put him six shots adrift of Adam Scott and Jim Furyk. After Day One, Woods managed to shoot a one over par round of 71, but he claims he is still on track and can win this final major of the year. The world number one commented, “I’m still right there. I’m only six back and we have got a long way to go. I played really well today.”
Jim Furyk has only ever won one major which was the 2003 US Open and it seemed like he found the form he was in back then as he stormed to a dominating lead early in the day as he bogeyed the final hole. However, Adam Scott took his place on the course later in the day and managed to overtake Furyk on the leader board; yet, the Australian golfer couldn’t play up to the standards he set early in the day and fell level with Furyk going into Day Two.
Adam Scott impressed early on getting four straight birdies on the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holes before he carried on to claim another birdie on the fourteenth. Unfortunately, similarly to when he threw away the lead on the final hole three weeks ago in the Open, Scott bogeyed hole 17 levelling him with Furyk. If Adam Scott can continue to play well throughout the weekend and win the major, this year it would be a wonderful year for him, winning a total of two majors. Yet, the Australian has got to find a way to stop Jim Furyk bringing the Fury.
Lee Westwood has been in the top 3 finishers of a major a record 8 times as he looks to win his first major, but he won’t get stressed about it. The Englishman revealed, “Somebody was asking me the other day, ‘Does it get you down and do you get stressed when people go on about not winning a major championship? I said, ‘No, you really don’t get stressed about golf any more’. I’ve played golf for 20 odd years out here on the best courses in the world and I get up every day and go and do something that I love. Golf doesn’t stress me or disappoint me very often anymore.”
Westwood will be looking to claim his first major victory over the course of the weekend, but will have tough competition. Who will win the final major of the year?
Author Daniel Foster.
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