|Jim Furyk of the United States watches his second shot on the sixth hole during his first round of play at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament in Akron, Ohio, August 2, 2012. (Reuters/AARON JOSEFCZYK)
AKRON, OH - Jim Furyk fired a 7-under-par 63 on Thursday to take the first-round lead of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.
Little-known Lee Slattery of England posted a 5-under 65 and is second at the South Course at Firestone Country Club.
World No. 1 Luke Donald, who tied for second last year, and reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson headline a group tied for third place at 4-under 66.
It wasn't a great finish on Thursday for 7-time champion Tiger Woods.
The world No. 2 was 3-under through 11 holes, but bogeyed three holes on his back nine, including No. 18, to post an even-par 70.
Defending champion Adam Scott was a little worse on Thursday.
He shot a 1-over 71 in his first competitive round since he bogeyed the last four holes on Sunday two weeks ago to lose The Open Championship by a stroke to Ernie Els.
The Open Champion had a 3-over 73 in round one.