Jason Day, Lee Westwood and Scott Piercy have moved into a share of the lead at golf’s PGA Championship, tying Adam Scott and Jim Furyk at 5-under par.
Day, an Australian who had top-three finishes at the Masters and U.S. Open this year, birdied two of his first three holes at Oak Hill Country Club outside Rochester, New York.
Westwood, an Englishman whose 62 major-championship starts are the most of any active player without a Grand Slam title, is 1-under through three holes today to get to 5-under for the tournament. Piercy birdied three straight holes early in his round to move into a tie for the lead.
Scott has just started his second round as a steady rain falls at the season’s final major championship. Furyk tees off later today.
David Hearn of Canada is at 4-under, one stroke ahead of England’s Paul Casey, Robert Garrigus and Matt Kuchar of the U.S., and Marcus Fraser of Australia.
Four-time PGA champion Tiger Woods and British Open winner Phil Mickelson are both six strokes back after shooting 1-over-par 71s during yesterday’s first round. Woods and Mickelson were under par before double bogeys on their final holes. Mickelson has just started his second round, while Woods tees off later.
There were 35 first-round scores below par at Oak Hill yesterday. The last time the club hosted the PGA Championship, in 2003, 12 players shot scores lower than par during the opening round.