PGA Championship 2013 Update: Bar Set High While Favorites Fall

After one round of play at the 2013 PGA Championship, there’s one familiar name at the top of the leaderboard, right next to one you probably don’t know. Adam Scott is tied for the lead at five under par and looking for his second major of the year after winning his first green jacket at the Masters earlier this year. His Thursday score of 65 is the lowest in the opening round of any major ever. That’s especially impressive for co-leader Jim Furyk, who was 28 over par in the other three majors this year.

Lee Westwood is the next notable on the leaderboard at four under par with Jason Day at three under, Justin Rose at two under, Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy at one under and everyone else at even or worse. The two big names who were heavily favored heading into the tournament are nowhere near the leaders as the second round gets under way.

Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods were basically named the only two contenders for the Wanamker Trophy this year, but both players are six strokes back of Scott and Furyk. Put simply, one over par isn’t going to win this tournament with fast greens, which Tiger complained about almost a week before play began. These aging superstars are going to have to get their heads in the game quick or things will slip away yet again for the living legends.