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August 8 2013

9:46 PM

PGA: Round 1 notes

By Elias Sports Bureau Inc.

• Defending Masters champion Adam Scott sits atop the leaderboard, tied with Jim Furyk, after the opening round of the PGA Championship. Scott is the first defending Masters champion to hold the lead, either alone or tied, after the opening round of the PGA Championship since Ian Woosnam in 1991. Woosnam would fall off the pace on the weekend and finish tied for 48th place.

• Furyk recorded six par-breakers and just one hole over par during Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship. For Furyk, who is playing in his 73rd  major this week, he’s opened a major event in both of these categories better than today just once, in the opening round of the 2009 Masters, Furyk again recorded six par-breaker, but not a single score over par.

• Miguel Angel Jimenez recorded five consecutive birdies during Thursday’s opening round of the PGA Championship. The five consecutive biridies is a PGA TOUR career best for Jimenez, whose pervious best was four in a row during the 2004 PGA Championship at Whistling Straits and the 2001 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

• Kohki Idoki, playing in his first major championship, began the PGA Championship Thursday by recording four birdies over a five-hole stretch on No. 1 through No. 5 -- a stretch that included four in a row. Since 1992, only two players, playing in their first major championship, have recorded four or more scores under-par on holes one through five of the opening round.  In the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Andy Dillard recorded five holes under par. And Joe Durant in the 1998 U.S. Open at The Olympic Club recorded four birdies over holes 1 through 5.

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