I would take even par, said Stewart Cink, who opened in even-par 70 on the Black Course. I think today was the easy day.
Irelands Padraig Harrington made a 25-foot birdie at the last to also shoot 70 Thursday. He said hed take that number to finish and wait in the clubhouse for everyone else to try and beat him.
In benign conditions, level par for the tournament will be very good, he said.
If anybody can go around in even par in four days, theyll be the winner, said Phil Mickelson, who, too, shot 70. Id take 4-over and be pretty pleased and watch everybody else.
If the wind picks up and the greens dry out I think were looking at probably 9-, 10-, or 11-over (to win).
Said Sergio Garcia, who shot a 68: The other day I was watching TV and listening to some really funny comments about how 15-under (could win) ' yeah, in somebodys dream.
I mean, the conditions couldnt be better, and look at the scores.
Only six players broke par in round 1, with six more shooting even par. Rain, however, is in the forecast for Friday and throughout the weekend, leaving overnight leader Tiger Woods to think the winning total will be a red number.
The greens are going to get softerand if thats the case ' if they drive the ball well ' they can be aggressive then, said Woods, who opened in 3-under 67. But if the winds pick up, it will be much more difficult (than it was Thursday).
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