A pair of players made a run at the Oak Hill course record of 64 in the first round of the PGA Championship. None of them were able to finish the job, however. In the end, Jim Furyk and Adam Scott finished their respective opening 18 holes at five under par – each just one shot shy of tying the course record held by Ben Hogan and Curtis Strange.
Furyk was part of the morning wave of golfers and held the lead in the clubhouse for much of the day. The lone bogey of his round came on the final hole, the par four ninth. Had he been able to run in the mid-range birdie putt, Furyk would have added his name to that of Hogan and Strange. It just wasn’t meant to be, though. Even with the closing bogey, Furyk is in the best position he has ever been in after the first round of a major championship.
Scott caught fire on the front nine, running off a string of five straight birdies. At one point during the back nine he did get his score to six under par with another birdie on number 14. He quickly gave that back with a bogey on the 16th, which moved him into a tie with Furyk for the first round lead.
The conditions over the first 18 holes at Oak Hill were much more conducive to scoring than many had anticipated. Rain over night before the first round made the greens much more receptive than they otherwise would have been. I wouldn’t expect to see too many scores come close to tying or breaking the course record over the final three rounds, however.