Mike Weir shot a 62 to take the early lead at the Genuity Championships at Doral Thursday. He shot 29 on the front, holing out at No. 3 from 140 yards, and eagled No. 8 when he hit a great drive and a 4-iron to eight feet. He then added three more birdies on the back, the final at the Blue Monster's signature hole - the 18th. That came on a booming tee shot and a pitching wedge to 15 feet. Voila - 10-under-par, a 62.
Glen Day shot a 64 while Steve Flesch and K.J. Choi shot 65s.
'Obviously, it was an exciting day out there,' said Canadian Weir. 'It was a little more than I expected. I am not known as a fast starter. But I will take it.
'I made a birdie on my first hole, a 15-foot putt there that got me in a rhythm with my putter. That seemed to be the tone for the day. I felt comfortable on the greens. That was the key.'
The low score was just one more in a continuation of what has been low scores all year. The Tour moved from the West Coast to the East Coast, but the weather in the mid-80s kept the red-hot fever alive. The wind was only five miles per hour and the course was in exceptional condition - a recipe for low scores.
'The scoring has been a lot better this year, especially,' said Weir. 'There have been a lot of low numbers, but the weather has to be right. But you still have to put the ball in the hole.'
As evidenced, Weir cited Doral's fearsome closing holes.
'On 17, usually it is a good drive,' said Weir. 'I hit a 3-wood and a 9-iron there today. (On 18) I hit a driver and wedge. That usually does not happen.'
With the low scores, he had to fight to keep from being intimated. One shot at a time, one hole at a time, and round at a time.
'You have to really be patient,' Weir said. 'You cannot get caught up in the score. You have to go out and play your game.'
And when you see such perfect conditions, you dream that it is you shooting the low number.
'When I arrived on Monday and played my practice round Tuesday, I could not believe how perfect a condition the course is in. The fairways have the best Bermuda I have ever seen. The greens are rolling well. You know there will be good scores. You have to stay patient. I felt like I was patient today,' said Weir.
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