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Aaron Mansfield/The Buffalo News -- World No. 2 Phil Mickelson, shown getting loose on the practice green, is 3 over through six holes.


By Aaron Mansfield 

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4:25 p.m. -- Play at the PGA Championship has been suspended due to weather. World No. 5 Adam Scott of Australia has moved into a tie with Jim Furyk for first place at 5 under.

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PITTSFORD -- In the history of the seven majors that have been played at Oak Hill Country Club, only 10 players have finished a tournament under par. Through one day of the 2013 PGA Championship, 20 players are under par.

The early scores through 18 have been low, and as of 3:27 p.m., Jim Furyk's total is the lowest. Furyk finished 5-under par 65, good for one shot ahead of David Hearn. Nine players are at 3 under to tie for third. 

Furyk has finished in the top 10 in his last two events, the RBC Canadian Open and World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational, and said he is "very comfortable with what I'm doing with my driver right now." 

"Felt great today," Furyk said. "Doesn't mean it's going to feel great tomorrow, and whatever. But I feel like I'm moving in the right direction, and I've always had a lot of confidence in my game and my short game has always been a strength. 

"But putting is streaky. And I feel like I'm a very streaky putter at times where I've had some really good moments in my career, and I think great years with the putter, and I've also had my struggles, as well. But I think if you're out here for 20 years, you're going to go through that."

Hearn started with a bogey on No. 1 but rebounded with a birdie on 2, and he said "that kind of got me going back in the direction pretty quickly." 

"My career has always had a certain progression, and I've always found a way to get competitive at the next level that I've been to," the 34-year-old Hearn said. "For me right now, it's just a matter of trying to continue that on, and as I've been on the PGA Tour for a few years now, I've gotten better at playing well in the bigger events. So to be in this position here is going to be a great learning experience for me, and I'm excited about the next three days."

World No. 1 Tiger Woods finished 1-over 71, six shots behind Furyk, but said, "I played really well today."

No. 2 Phil Mickelson is 3 over through six holes.

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Follow reporter Aaron Mansfield on Twitter @aaroncmansfield.

 

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