ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Jim Furyk has seen it all during a long PGA Tour career, giddy highs and painful lows, and he was delighted to build on a recent uptick in form by charging into contention for the PGA Championship on Thursday.
With his usually sharp short game once again clicking after he had surprisingly struggled for much of this season, Furyk putted superbly on the way to a five-under-par 65 in rain-softened conditions at Oak Hill Country Club.
ROCHESTER, New York, Aug 8 (Reuters) – Play resumed at 5:35 p.m. ET (2135 GMT) in Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship after a 70-minute suspension due to the threat of lightning at Oak Hill Country Club.
Already softened by two inches of overnight rain, Oak Hill’s challenging East Course was expected to become even more receptive when the players returned to the par-70 layout.
ROCHESTER, New York, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Jim Furyk took advantage of rain-softened conditions to surge into an early one-shot lead at the PGA Championship on Thursday as Tiger Woods double-bogeyed his final hole to finish six strokes adrift.
American veteran Furyk, whose only major victory came at the 2003 U.S. Open, fired a five-under-par 65 in the opening round to take control on a sunny day at Oak Hill Country Club.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Tiger Woods made an encouraging start in his bid to end a five-year title drought at the majors, making a birdie on his fourth hole to sit two strokes off the early pace at the PGA Championship on Thursday.
On a glorious sunny morning at Oak Hill Country Club, Woods laid up in two after taking an iron off the tee at the par-five 13th before hitting a stunning approach to a foot short of the cup for a tap-in putt.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Four-times winner Tiger Woods prepared for an early start as the PGA Championship, the year’s final major, began under partially sunny skies at a damp Oak Hill Country Club on Thursday.
American club professional Rob Labritz found the right side of the fairway with the opening shot at the par-four first, before being followed by Australian John Senden and Ireland’s Shane Lowry.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Winning breeds confidence and in-form Brandt Snedeker says he now knows what is needed for him to land a first major title at this week’s PGA Championship after a few close calls in the past.
The fast-talking American clinched his second PGA Tour victory of the season at the Canadian Open two weeks ago and believes he is close to replicating the sizzling form he produced at the start of the year.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – U.S. Open winner Justin Rose will tee off at this week’s PGA Championship in very special company as he bids to transform what has already been “a fantastic year” for him into an “incredible” one.
In keeping with tradition, the season’s first three major champions are grouped together for the opening two rounds so Rose will play alongside Australian Adam Scott (Masters) and American Phil Mickelson (British Open) at Oak Hill Country Club.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy will launch his title defense at this week’s PGA Championship with a change in hairstyle and fervent hopes for a change in his golfing form.
The Northern Irishman has struggled since switching his club brand at the start of the season to Nike in a lucrative deal reported to be worth $250 million over 10 years.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – Ian Poulter is renowned for his superb putting but is banking on his accuracy off the tee to give him a fighting chance of clinching his first major title at this week’s PGA Championship.
The fairways on Oak Hill Country Club’s heavily tree-lined East Course are flanked by thick, graduated rough which needs to be avoided as much as possible for players to reach the generally small greens in regulation on the par-four holes.
ROCHESTER, New York (Reuters) – A formidable finish, challenging rough and a difficult but fair test overall lies in store for the players this week when Oak Hill Country Club’s East Course stages its third PGA Championship.
Golf’s leading players have assembled in the leafy surrounds of upstate New York for the year’s final major, featuring a 156-man field that includes 99 of the world’s top 100 with South Africa Louis Oosthuizen (hip-related injury) the lone absentee.