Grand Slam of Golf 2013 Leaderboard: Round 1 Analysis, Highlights and More

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Grand Slam of Golf 2013 Leaderboard: Round 1 Analysis, Highlights and More
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Defending champion Padraig Harrington finds himself in last place through Round 1 of the 2013 Grand Slam of Golf after posting a three-over-par 74 on Tuesday at Port Royal in Bermuda.

2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose leads the pack with a four-under-par 67. Jason Dufner and Adam Scott are within three shots of the lead.   

Harrington is the only golfer in the tournament who doesn't rank in the world top 10. In fact, he doesn't even rank in the top 100 these days (No. 101). 

But we've seen the veteran from Dublin have great success at the Grand Slam of Golf in the past, so we certainly can't count him out just yet.

Here's a look at how the first round unfolded in Southampton, Bermuda.

 

2013 Grand Slam of Golf Round 1 Leaderboard

Position Player Score
1 Justin Rose -4
2 Jason Dufner -2
3 Adam Scott -1
4 Padraig Harrington +3 

Via PGA.com

 

Through 11 holes, Scott and Rose were tied for the lead at four under par. Scott posted birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 5 and 7. Rose notched birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 5, 7 and 10, while registering a bogey on No. 9. 

Dufner was right behind the two at three under par through 11 holes, and he birdied Nos. 2, 3, 7 and 8. 

It wasn't a bad view from No. 8, either.

The PGA Grand Slam of Golf tweeted:

Will Gray of GolfChannel.com tweeted:

Harrington got off to a rough start, scoring three bogeys to two birdies through the first nine holes. He was one under par through 11 holes.

Rose took the lead through 12 holes after a birdie and Scott's par. 

It wasn't long before Scott and Dufner joined Rose back on top of the leaderboard, though. Rose's bogey on No. 13 got Scott back into the match, and Dufner's birdie put pressure on the former leaders.

During all of this, Dufner managed to entertain everyone with a grand leap, via patschultz's Instagram account:

But right after matching Scott and Rose's score through 13 holes, Dufner missed a prime opportunity to take sole possession of the lead. After Scott and Rose both bogeyed, he just needed to knock down a three-foot putt to par and take the lead. But his putt lipped out, and he spent the walk to No. 15 clearly heated.

Dufner's frustration wasn't featured on the "mic'd up" video provided by PGA.com, but his shoes were.

All four players parred No. 15, but Harrington found himself five shots back with a two-over par.

It was on hole No. 16 where Rose took the lead.

All the 33-year-old had to do was par the hole, as Dufner bogeyed and both Scott and Harrington double-bogeyed. Harrington was probably hoping the nightmare would just end at that point.

Rose finished in style, posting a birdie on No. 17.

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Scott was the favorite headed into the Grand Slam of Golf this year, per Bovada. It's going to be interesting how Harrington responds tomorrow. While Rose, Scott and Dufner are making their first appearance at the event, Harrington has already played in the tournament three times.

Before winning the event last year, the 42-year-old Irishman lost in playoffs to Angel Cabrera and Jim Furyk in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Will his experience help him gain on the leaders, or will this be the year that he flounders in Bermuda?

Stay tuned.

 

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