PGA Championship Results 2012: Dissecting the Leaderboard After Round 1

Daniel ZhuContributor IAugust 9, 2012

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC - AUGUST 09:  Tiger Woods of the United States hits off the 15th tee during Round One of the 94th PGA Championship at the Ocean Course on August 9, 2012 in Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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It's the first round at the PGA Championship, and the top players in the world have been fighting for position on this opening day.

Currently, Carl Pettersson leads the field at six-under-par after a bogey-free round of 66.

Rory McIlroy seems to have rebounded from his slump and has been playing fairly well these last few weeks. He had a solid finish at the WGC Bridgestone last week, and after a stellar round of 65, the young superstar is only one back of the lead at the PGA.

Defending champion Keegan Bradley is at four-under-par, along with a host of other top golfers including Geoff Ogilvy, John Daly, Graeme McDowell and Adam Scott. Bradley, who won the Bridgestone Invitational last week, is in good position to defend his title this week.

Tiger Woods had a good first round and is currently sitting at three-under-par. He had a string of three birdies, but a few bogeys down the stretch halted his momentum. Overall, it's another good solid day for Woods.

Jim Furyk, along with a host of Americans including Zach Johnson and Hunter Mahan are at even par, six back of the current lead.

Luke Donald, the current world No. 1, struggled today with a two-over 74. Lee Westwood also couldn't find his footing and finds himself at three-over-par, and trying to make it to the weekend tomorrow.

Let's not forget about Phil Mickelson and Bubba Watson, who are both at one-over-par. Mickelson had an up-and-down day, finding only a few fairways, and had to scramble for par on nearly every hole.

Let's take a look at the current leaderboard:

1. Carl Pettersson -6
T.2 Gary Woodland -5
T.2 Rory McIlroy -5
T.5 Keegan Bradley -4
T.5 Adam Scott -4
T.15 Tiger Woods -3
T. 25 Charl Schwartzel -2
T.46 Jim Furyk E
T.72 Phil Mickelson +1
T.94 Luke Donald +2
T.110 Lee Westwood +3