Star Watch: Lee Westwood shoots first-round 65

Lee Westwood was near perfect at Valhalla on Thursday. (Getty Images)
Lee Westwood was near perfect at Valhalla on Thursday. (Getty Images)

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Storylines, folks, they always come in droves just when you think they're exiting stage right (Tiger Woods).

Lee Westwood shot a 6-under 65 that included a double bogey and a whole host of birdies including this one at the ninth hole (his last of the day): 

Westwood birdied his last four holes of the day on Thursday and was the co-leader at the time he finished with Kevin Chappell. 

Here's a look at his card:

Westwood, who famously has never won a major, took a visit to Cracker Barrel with his agent earlier this week -- maybe he should do it again before his round on Friday?

Westwood is the leader in the field in most majors played without winning.

"I played really well, 6 under is a good start," Westwood told TNT after his round. "I think the score is out there if you hit a lot of fairways at the same time the PGA took some flags away."

He's the leader in the clubhouse in majors played without a win, too, at 67. It's hard to imagine fans not pulling him on if he's able to maintain his lead heading to the weekend.

Other stars

Phil Mickelson (2 under): I watched almost all of Lefty's first round and how he got in with a 69 is beyond me. His first hole went like this: way left (played a provisional), found it, whipped it out of the woods, missed the green left, almost holed 95-foot putt, tap in for par.

And away we go!


Rickie Fowler (2 under): Fowler continues his great season. Here's what his first 13 major rounds of the season look like:

71-75-67-73-70-70-67-72-69-69-68-67-69

Not bad!


Ian Poulter (3 under): It's the English Open! Poulter only has two career top 10s at the PGA Championship but he's only three back after one day at Valhalla. Underlying story of this week is that he and Westwood are still playing to get into the Ryder Cup.


Jason Day (2 under): Day is always so sneaky. Oh you're playing, wait, you're inside the top 10, how do you do it? Day used three birdies and just a single bogey to shoot 69, firmly in the hunt.

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