The 2013 PGA Championship is upon us, and the first round of action has concluded after a rain delay put a temporary hold on the action. With Jim Furyk and Adam Scott sharing the lead at five under par, there is no time to waste for any golfer hoping to reach the ranks of elite.
Here's how you can watch what happens next.
Date: Friday, Aug. 9
Time: 1-7 p.m. ET
Ahead of the Pack: Jim Furyk & Adam Scott (-5)
Currently tied for the lead after one round of action at the 2013 PGA Championship are the underrated but efficient duo of Jim Furyk and Adam Scott. Both men started hot, pulled out in front of the pack and finished the round in entirely different manners.
At this point, Furyk has momentum, and Scott has the confidence of winning a major tournament in 2013.
Furyk opened the day with a birdie on the first hole and didn't look back, shooting a 33 out of a possible 35 on the front nine. Furyk drained three more birdies on the back nine, including one on 16 and another on 18, thus bringing his score to 65 and breaking out as the man to beat.
Scott wasted no time in matching him.
The reigning Masters champion birdied five consecutive holes from No. 4 to No. 8. He took that momentum into the back nine, securing a birdie on 14 to take an early lead.
Even with a bogey on 16, Scott remains in full control of his own destiny.
Furyk hasn't won a major championship since the 2003 U.S. Open, but he's notorious for his safe and high-percentage style of play. Much like that of Lee Trevino, Furyk's tee shot is unconventional, but it still manages to find the fairway.
Paired with elite putting ability, Furyk is a legitimate threat to win this year's title.
Scott, meanwhile, won the 2013 Masters to finally break free from the label of "the next big thing." He responded by finishing in a tie for third place at the Open Championship.
In other words, momentum is on his side, and it's not just because he was a step ahead of the pack in Round 1 of the 2013 PGA Championship.
Like it or not, Tiger Woods remains the biggest name on the PGA Tour. He's the world's No. 1 golfer and the most decorated golfer of our generation, and he is on pace to match Jack Nicklaus at every turn from here on out.
During the first round of the 2013 PGA Championship, Woods overcame a dreadful front nine to shoot at one over par and move within six strokes of the lead.
That may not be the most ideal news for Woods or his fans, but it could have been a lot worse. He bogeyed 4 and shot a double bogey on 9, thus creating a score of three over par after nine holes and falling in danger of missing the cut.
Woods responded with birdies on 13 and 15 to close out a round that he described as strong, per Bob Harig of ESPN.
The round realistically could have been under par easily...I played really well today. One loose 9-iron shot [on the fourth hole]. I made a few par putts out there as well.
As I say, I feel like I played well enough and made some nice key putts, and the key is I left it in good spots too. I'm still right there. I mean ... as of right now, I'm only six back and we have a long way to go.
Truth be told, Woods has every reason for confidence.
He sank multiple long par-saving putts, improving upon his front nine weaknesses and closing out in impressive fashion. He'll need to develop more consistency during the second round, but Woods is nothing if not receptive.
If that's not enough, Woods began his day in a champion's manner.
A surprising, but still meaningful, number.
Within Striking Distance
As it presently stands, two players are one stroke off of the lead at four under par, six are at three under, and 11 sit at two under par. In total, 49 players are at even or below par, making one thing perfectly clear.
This tournament is wide open.
Notable players within two strokes are Lee Westwood at four under and the trio of Paul Casey, Jason Day and Matt Kuchar at three under par. They each have a history of success in some capacity, competing at majors and finishing within striking distance of a title.
The 2013 PGA Championship seems like the perfect place to break through.
Other notable names are Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia, Zach Johnson and Rory McIlroy at one under par. Bradley won the event in 2011, and McIlroy won in 2012, making them two of the most viable threats for the title in the entire tournament.
Garcia has two second-place finishes at the PGA Championship, and Johnson finished in third-place in 2010.
With so many stars in the running for the title, it's difficult to determine who is in true control of the tournament. Anyone and everyone has a fair chance at winning big, especially without a leader pulling away from the pack.
Expect another round of high-caliber action on Friday, Aug. 9.
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