With every major, Adam Scott is making a convincing case that he isn’t satisfied with just a green jacket.
He ran off five straight birdies early in his round at soft and vulnerable Oak Hill, and finished with a 15-foot par for a 5-under 65 that gave him a share of Thursday’s lead with Jim Furyk in the PGA Championship in Pittsford, N.Y.
Scott finally became a major champion at Augusta in April when he won a Masters playoff. Just three weeks ago, he had the lead on the back nine in the British Open until he made four bogeys to fall back. In the last major of the year, he at times looked unstoppable.
His five straight birdies quickly put him atop the leaderboard with Furyk, and after a 71-minute delay after storms moved in, Scott added a sixth birdie on the par-3 15th to reach 6 under. He was on pace to tie the major championship record at Oak Hill until a three-putt bogey on the 16th.
• NCAA champion Annie Park won two matches Thursday in the U.S. Women’s Amateur to advance to the quarterfinals. The 18-year-old, a Levittown, N.Y., player coming off her freshman season at Southern California, beat Brittany Fan 2 and 1 in the morning in the second round, and edged Kelly Shon of Port Washington, N.Y., 1 up in the third round at the Country Club of Charleston, S.C.
Top-seeded Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals Thursday, beating 13th-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-0, 6-3. Williams, coming off a Swedish Open victory 2½ weeks ago, set up today’s match against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.
• Wimbledon champion Andy Murray tumbled out of the Rogers Cup in Monreal on Thursday, falling 6-4, 6-3 to Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis in the third round. Rafael Nadal won his third round match, beating Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 7-6 (6), 6-4.
• Two-time U.S. Open winner Monica Seles will be inducted into the tournament’s Court of Champions during a ceremony before the women’s final Sept. 8. The U.S. Tennis Association announced that Seles was selected for the honor by a panel of journalists.
49ers sign Wright
Cornerback Eric Wright joined the San Francisco 49ers after all. The free- agent defensive back, a former Brown, signed a one-year contract and was placed on the non-football injury/illness list while he handles a personal matter. San Francisco released cornerback Lowell Rose.
• Second-round draft pick Menelik Watson’s first training camp practice lasted less than 30 minutes before the Raiders’ offensive lineman re-injured a calf muscle in his left leg.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars are giving Blaine Gabbert the first shot at the team’s open quarterback competition. Coach Gus Bradley announced Gabbert will start against the Dolphins today, but he plans to give Chad Henne repetitions behind the first-team offensive line.
• Johnny Manziel’s family hired an El Paso, Texas, attorney with NCAA experience as the Heisman Trophy winner reportedly faces an investigation into whether he was paid to sign autographs. The Manziel family said Jim Darnell would be representing the Texas A&M quarterback.
• A former college star who disappeared in the Michigan wilderness during a fishing trip died of pneumonia caused by inhaling his vomit, after he became disoriented possibly because of painkillers combined with having a degenerative brain disease, according to an updated autopsy. The report said Cullen Finnerty’s anxiety and paranoia in the woods the night of May 26 may have been exacerbated by an “elevated” level of oxycodone and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Doumit to go on DL?
The Twins were expected to place catcher Ryan Doumit on the disabled list with a suspected concussion after Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
• The Yankees sent infielder Brent Lillibridge to the minors.
• Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson’s first rehab appearance was brief, an eight-pitch first inning for Class A Rancho Cucamonga.
• Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks is headed back to Milwaukee to get an MRI exam on his left hamstring and is likely going on the disabled list.
• The Phillies announced a deal with second baseman Chase Utley through the 2015 season. It is believed to be worth around $27 million for two years with options.
Blazers sign Williams
The Trail Blazers see guard Mo Williams as more than just a backup to Damian Lillard. “You can look at me as a sixth starter,” said the veteran free agent who was formally signed Thursday to a two-year deal.
• The Knicks signed Slovenian guard Beno Udrih. Terms weren’t disclosed.
• Former North Carolina coach Dean Smith is one of 16 people who will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year.
• The Phoenix Mercury fired coach and general manager Corey Gaines after a five-year run that included a WNBA title but a disappointing 2013 season. Former Arizona coach Russ Pennell will serve as interim coach and President and CEO Amber Cox will be interim GM.