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PGA Championship 2012 Leaderboard: Low Scores As Round 1 Begins

Weather hasn't been much of a factor in early returns from the first round of the PGA, as the course on Kiawah Island, South Carolina has been very forgiving on Thursday.

Three golfers -- Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, Carl Petterrson of Sweden and Joost Luiten of the Netherlands -- are tied for the early lead at -5.

It's the best McIlory, considered one of the rising stars in golf, has played in a major since falling from his perch as the world's No. 1 player earlier in the year.

Tiger Woods (-2) is lurking with a decent start while former Texas A&M golfer Ryan Palmer, who was born in Amarillo and lives in Colleyville, is right behind him at -1.

Former Oklahoma State golfers Hunter Mahan (who also lives in Colleyville) and Scott Verplank (who was born in Dallas) are set to tee off at 12:10 and 1:10 PM Central, respectively.

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Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.