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PGA Championship: How Round One was played

At the top: Jim Furyk and Adam Scott both threatened the East Course record of 64, falling a shot short. Their rounds of 65 share the lead after the opening round. Furyk hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation, while Scott needed just 22 putts Thursday.

By the numbers: The scoring average for the 156-player field was 72.128. The par-5 fourth hole played the easiest, at a stroke average of 4.667, while the most difficult was the par-4 17th, at an average of 4.378.

Most interesting scorecard: Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez shot an eventful round of 2-under 68. He didn’t make a par in the first eight holes, at one point making five straight birdies and ultimately finishing with seven, along with two double bogeys.

Making the most of it: Canadian David Hearn wasn’t in the field until Australian Brendan Jones withdrew last week. The 34-year-old Hearn capitalized on his opportunity with a round of 4-under 66. Hearn is looking for his first win on the PGA Tour.

Late night: British Open champion Phil Mickelson opened with a 1-over round of 71, then headed straight for the driving range for a late-night practice session with coach Butch Harmon, who was summoned down from his broadcast position with Sky Sports to assist.

Shot of the day: German Martin Kaymer, the 2010 PGA champion, opened with a 2-under 68 that included an eagle on the par-5 13th hole, when he holed his third shot from the fairway.

Big money: The total purse was announced Thursday, with $8 million to be awarded, including a winner’s check of $1.445 million.

Quotable: “The scores under par could piss the PGA off and they may not water the rest of the week, not cut anything, cut the greens really fast. You never know what they are going to do.” — Scott Piercy, who opened with a 3-under-par 67.

– Jay Skurski

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