PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Brantford, Ont.'s David Hearn almost felt like he was back north of the border.
With chants of "Go Canada" accompanying him over the final few holes, Hearn shot a four-under-par 66 en route to a spot near the top of the leaderboard late in the first round of the 2013 PGA championship at Oak Hill Country Club on Thursday.
With a third of the field still on the course, Hearn trailed clubhouse leader Jim Furyk by just one stroke at about 3:30 p.m. EST. Furyk shot a five-under 65.
Masters champion Adam Scott was also at five-under after seven holes, thanks to five consecutive birdies.
"This is about as close a home game as I'll get in a major," Hearn said. "The support for me was great."
Oak Hill, located in the Rochester suburb of Pittsford, is about a three hour drive from Brantford.
How good was Hearn's round? Consider that he was just two shots off the Oak Hill course record of 64.
Hearn will start Friday's second round five shots ahead of pre-tournament favourite Tiger Woods, who carded a one-over-par 71 after double bogeying his final hole of the day.
"The round realistically could have been under par easily," said Woods, adding that "I played well today."
Not as well as David Hearn.