Padraig Harrington and Jim Furyk are tied for the lead after Tuesday’s opening round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
Harrington birdied three of the last five holes while Furyk carded a birdie at 18 to cap a two-under-par 68 in blustery conditions at The Mid Ocean Club.
Harrington, who has won three of the last six majors, played the front nine in one-over with a birdie and a double-bogey at the par-four eighth. The Irishman made his move to the top of the leaderboard on the back nine with birdies at the 14th, 16th and the par-five 18th.
Retief Goosen opened with a 70 while fellow South African Trevor Immelman, who won the Masters in April, struggled to a 76.
Harrington won the British Open last season for his first major title and repeated this year at Royal Birkdale. He added the PGA Championship in August.
“I started out playing well and finished off playing well,” Harrington said. “Middle of the round I didn’t play so well but I putted very well. Two under par, I’m quite pleased with that. It was slipping away from me in the middle of the round and I holed a couple very important par putts.”
Furyk had an eagle, three birdies and three bogeys. He played the front nine in even-par and got to two-under with an eagle at the par-five 11th. He dropped a shot with a bogey at number 14 but regained a share of the lead with a closing birdie.
“I think there were some opportunities. I missed a few birdie putts,” Furyk said. “I’m happy with the score I shot. The wind made putting difficult and Paddy and I probably did the best job of holing some putts. I think that’s probably the reason why we are in the position we are in.”
The 36-hole stroke-play event, being held in Bermuda for the second consecutive year, brings together the winners of the season’s four majors.
Harrington won two majors and Tiger Woods, who captured the US Open, is out after knee surgery, opening spots for Furyk and Goosen.
Goosen had two birdies and two bogeys to stay within striking distance while Immelman had two double-bogeys, four bogeys and only two birdies.
“It’s one of those courses that it either goes you way or it doesn’t,” Immelman said. “It’s obviously a pretty tricky course out there and I didn’t play too well.”
Goosen was at one-under after a birdie at number 10, but he bogeyed the par-three 17th and settled for a par at the par-five 18th.
“I hit a bad five-iron on the last,” Goosen said. “Hopefully, tomorrow I won’t make these mistakes and hopefully give myself more chances and make some putts.”