AUSSIE golfers Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy and Aaron Baddeley are just two shots off the pace after the first round of the 2012 PGA Championship in South Carolina.
First round leader of the year’s final regular Major is Sweden’s Carl Pettersson who took advantage of the relatively calm conditions for the morning starters to post a bogey-free 6-under 66.
Lying in second place one stroke further back were fellow early starters Rory McIlroy and Gary Woodland, along with the best of the afternoon starters Alexander Noren and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
The 94th PGA Championship is taking place on the Ocean Course at the Kiawiah Island Golf Resort, a seaside links style course where wind conditions can have a drastic effect on scoring.
That bodes well for Scott, bouncing back from his recent British Open experiences, who will tee off in the morning of the second round at 4-under in what are expected to be docile conditions.
Baddeley is in the same position while Ogilvy has a start in the afternoon, when winds are forecast to stiffen considerably and make scoring difficult.
“I think it was a pretty good round of golf,” Scott said. “I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent with it all out there, but I controlled my game nicely, managed it well.
“My short game was sharp when it needed to be, which is going to be important, because it’s just a hard golf course and you’re not going to hit every green.”
The Aussie trio shot 68’s to share the third rug of the leaderboard with defending champion Keegan Bradley, a resurgent John Daly, Graeme McDowell, Scott Piercy and Joost Luiten.
Tournament favourite Tiger Woods was 3-under with 10 others while the next best Aussies were Greg Chalmers on 2-under, Jason Day on Even and John Senden 1-over.2012 PGA Championship Leaderboard & Tee Times