Though he got all the publicity, Tiger Woods wasnt the only player who had to overcome a 103-degree fever. Pat Perez also battled the flu prior to his first-round 6-under 66 at Poppy Hills.
Yeah, took four Nyquil and that was about it for the rest of my night, Perez said on how he handled his condition on Wednesday.
Three for Three
Bill Murray, playing in the group behind Woods, decided to play conservatively off the 10th tee - his first hole of the day. Murray went with a 3-wood and topped it about 100 yards short of the fairway.
Should have hit driver, he joked.
Murray went with the 3-wood, again, on his second shot and popped it up. He then laced the same 3-wood into the greenside bunker, and eventually made a triple-bogey 7.
So Much for Fate
Mark OMeara, who played with Woods, told Mark Grace, who played in the same group with Murray, the last time he played in front of Murray (1997) he won the event. OMeara then proceeded to play his first three holes in 4-over. The five-time Pebble Beach champion shot 3-over 75.
The Difference in a Year
Defending champion Davis Love III shot 4-over 76 at Spyglass Hill. It was his highest round in the event since a 78 during the third round in 1994.
David Berganio, Jr., who tied the Spyglass Hill course record with an 8-under 64 in the first round last year, withdrew after this year's first round due to a back injury. Berganio shot 3-over 75 at Pebble Beach.
Charles Howell III shot a first-round 1-under 71 at Spyglass. When asked what he would deem a successful season, the 2001 rookie of the year responded: To not be sued anymore, to win a couple of tournaments, and to stay healthy.
Former agent Rocky Hambrick is suing Howell for wrongful termination and breach of contract. Howell left Hambrick to sign with International Management Group, with still four years left on a 5 -year contract with Hambrick.
Co-defending pro-am champions Woods and Jerry Chang recorded a first-round 6-under-par 66. They trail Craig Stadler and musician Glen Frey by six shots. Last years co-champs Phil Mickelson and Kenny G are not paired together this year. Mickelson and new partner Charles Schwab shot 2-under 70. G and Skip Kendall opened in 67.
Full-field scores from the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am