Tuesday Notebook: What a difference a year makes at PGA Grand Slam
By The PGA of America Staff
SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda – After nine holes of play on Day 1, the combined group of Padraig Harrington, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and Jason Dufner stood at 10-under-par 134, representing a seven-shot swing from 2012, when the foursome of Harrington, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley shot 3-under-par 141 after nine holes. This trend reversed itself on the back nine, where the 2012 group went 6 under par, while the ’13 foursome stood at 6 over par.
BIRDIE FRONT, BOGEY BACK: After the field combined to record 14 birdies on the front nine, the back nine proved to be a tough challenge as the field combined for seven bogeys and two double bogeys.
LUCKY 7: In 2012, the PGA Grand Slam of Golf field recorded an eagle and three birdies on the par-5 holes. The 2013 group was equally successful, combining for four birdies.
FOURTEENACIOUS: All four players recorded bogey on the par 4-14th hole.
SCOTT’S ROCKET: Scott nearly drove the 412 yard, par-4 15th hole with an estimated 379-yard bomb off the tee.
SMACKDOWN ON 16: The signature 16th hole lived up to its reputation, as both Harrington and Scott recorded double bogeys, Dufner carded a bogey, and Rose was the only player to salvage a par.
ROSE IS RED: A bogey at No. 9 was the only blemish on Rose’s front-nine scorecard, as his four birdies put him just one back of the lead at the turn. Birdies at Nos. 10 and 12 offset back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14 helping him maintain a share of the lead at 3 under par. A par at the 16th enabled Rose to stay at 3 under par and maintain his one-stroke lead with Scott and Dufner each dropping shots. Another birdie at 17, his seventh of the day, put Rose at 4 under par for a two-stroke lead over Dufner, heading to 18. A par on the final hole gave Rose a 4-under-par 67 for the round and a two-stroke lead heading into Day 2.
DUF ENOUGH FOR SECOND: The co-leader at 4 under par with Scott after nine holes, Dufner recorded four birdies on his first eight holes. A bogey at 10 to start the back nine dropped him one behind the lead, but a birdie at 13 helped put him back into a share of the lead, before he joined the rest of the field, which combined for bogeys at 14. No. 16 was not kind to Dufner, as a bogey dropped him back to 2 under and one off the lead. Pars on 17 and 18 kept Dufner within striking distance going into Day 2, just two strokes off the lead after shooting a 2-under-par 69.
SCOTT IN THE HUNT: Scott played well on the front nine, shooting a 4-under-par 32 to share the early lead with Dufner. A consistent stretch of pars from holes 8-13 enabled Scott to maintain a share of the lead, as he remained the only player without a bogey. The 14th hole gave him his first bogey of the day and dropped him to 3 under par. After a par at 15, the signature 16th hole proved to be a challenge, as Scott recorded a double-bogey 5, dropping him to 1 under par and two strokes off the lead. A par at 18 gave Scott a score of 1-under-par 70, leaving him three strokes off the lead.
PADDY’S PERIL: Defending Champion Harrington struggled to a 1-over-par 37 on the front nine as a result of three bogeys, which had him trailing co-leaders Scott and Dufner by five strokes. A string of four straight pars to start the back nine, followed by a bogey on 14, his fourth of the day, left him at 2 over par and five shots back of the leaders. The challenging day continued for Harrington as his drive at the par-3 16th hole went off line, resulting in a double-bogey 5, dropping him to 4 over par and seven strokes off the lead. In spite of a birdie at 17 and a par at 18, Harrington finished at 3-over-par 74 and seven strokes back heading into Day 2.