US PGA 2013

8th-11th August

Tulsa taken by Storm

By Mark Kendall.   Last Updated: 10/08/07 8:55am

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Storm: bogey-free 65

Storm: bogey-free 65

Unheralded Englishman Graeme Storm emerged as the shock leader after the first round of the 89th USPGA Championship at Southern Hills, firing an immaculate 65 to set the early pace on five-under.

The 29-year-old from Hartlepool overcame scorching conditions in Tulsa, Oklahoma to emerge as the only man not to drop a shot during his first round.

By the end of the day he held a two-shot advantage over another surprise name on the leaderboard, 1991 champion John Daly, with three men - Aaron Oberholser, Woody Austin and Stephen Ames - a further shot adrift on two-under.

Open champion Padraig Harrington got his bid for back-to-back majors off to a promising start as he returned a round of 69 to join the likes of Geoff Ogilvy, Lee Westwood and Markus Brier on one-under.

The man Harrington beat in a play-off at Carnoustie, Sergio Garcia, is also in contention after an opening 70, but it proved an ultimately frustrating day for Tiger Woods as he came home with a 71 that had threatened to be so much better.

Fast start for Woods

The world number one, and defending champion, made a flying start to his round with three birdies in his opening six holes which lifted him into an early share of the lead on three-under.

Having started at the tenth hole, Woods opened with a birdie and then picked up further shots at 13 and 15 courtesy of some precise iron-play.

However, things started to unfold on the 18th when - following an ill-judged bunker shot - he made a bogey-five.

He then squandered further shots at the second and fourth and, although a birdie did arrive at the second par-five fifth, he ended up over-par for the day after back-to back bogeys at seven and eight.

That was a far cry from Storm who rarely found himself in danger of dropping shots in what was a remarkable display of ball-striking.

Like Woods, the Englishman made a fast start having teed off at the tenth and was already three-under by the time he left the 13th green, his fourth hole of the day.

Storm chipped in for birdie

Just when he did seem under pressure, faced with a tricky up-and-down for par on 16, he produced his shot of the day, holing a chip from 40 yards for another birdie.

Some wonderful iron-play created a plethora of chances for more on the back-nine and, although he took advantage to move to five-under at the second, Storm may even be justified in feeling he left two or three shots out on the course.

That was certainly the case at the ninth, his final hole, when he pulled his birdie putt from no more than three or four feet and had to settle for a closing par.

Justin Rose was another Englishman to enjoy a solid start as he carded a respectable 70, the same score as Retief Goosen - winner of the 2001 US Open title when it was held at Southern Hills.

It was not such a productive day for a number of the game's biggest names with Ernie Els, Paul Casey, Luke Donald and Colin Montgomerie finishing on +2, Phil Mickelson +3, Jim Furyk and Vijay Singh +5 and Darren Clarke +7.

Nightmare for Cabrera

However US Open champion Angel Cabrera endured arguably the most forgettable day of all as his challenge collapsed following a 10 on the par-three sixth.

Playing in the prestige group of champions with Masters winner Zach Johnson and Harrington, the Argentine twice went out of bounds off the tee and then found water with his third attempt.

A clumsy chip and rash three-putt saw Cabrera into double figures and he eventually finished his round well down the field on +11.


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