Tiger Leaves Field in a Fog

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In symbolic fashion, Tiger Woods left many in the field at the 100th U.S. Open in a haze. The No. 1 player in the world posted an early 6-under-par 65 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez before first round play was officially suspended at 6:28pm PT due to fog.
 
Woods was one of 81 players who finished their first rounds before officials called it a day. The 75 others will complete their opening rounds beginning at 6:45am PT. The second round is expected to begin at 8:00am.
 
So, while Woods doesn't officially have the opening-round lead, he is the man to catch after Day One. Woods' round began in picture-perfect postcard weather. However, by the time Woods made his way down the stretch in the early afternoon, a shroud began to cover the course.
 
Tiger seemed to pick-up where he left off at Pebble Beach. Four months ago, Woods played his final seven holes at five-under to capture the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. This time, he took care of business a little earlier.
 
Woods shot a six-birdie, no-bogey 65, capping off his round by blasting a sand shot to 18 inches on the par-5 18th for a gimme birdie. It marks the fourth time in his professional career Tiger's shot 65 or better on the Pebble Beach Golf Course.
 
'I played well today,' said Woods, who hit 11/14 fairways, 12/18 greens and took 24 putts on Thursday. 'I drove the ball beautifully, and I made a lot of putts.
 
'I think this is just typical Monterey Peninsula weather,' said Woods, who was born in Cypress, California and played collegially at Stanford. 'This time of the year, I've always called it 'June Gloom.''
 
Jimenez finished his round in the 'gloom' as well. The Spaniard, who lost to Woods in a playoff at the 1999 WGC-American Express Championship at Valderrama, carded five birdies on his first seven holes to kick-start his 5-under-par 66.
 
Jimenez is one shot clear of John Huston and Nick Faldo. Out early, Huston got off to his best start ever at an Open by shooting a 4-under-par 67.
 
'When I saw the tee times, I thought it was going to be a big advantage, and I wanted to go ahead and take advantage of it. Fortunately, I did,' said Huston, who teed-off at 6:40am PT. 'This morning was perfect. There was no wind, and the sun was out.'
 
That changed as the day went on. Fog rolled around leaving many with blind shots from fairway to green. One of those whose round was affected by the changing elements was Faldo. He was standing on the tee box at the par-5 14th when play was stopped.
 
Ironically, it was the 14th that brought Faldo his most notoriety at the '92 Open at Pebble Beach. It was there where the Brit climbed and shook a tree in search of his lost ball. 'Where the hell is Jane!' Faldo shouted. Unfortunately neither Jane, nor the ball could be found. He took a triple-bogey-8 on the hole.
 
Playing alongside Faldo is Corey Pavin. The 1995 Open champion is at 3-under-par through 13 holes, tied with of all people, Bobby Clampett. Clampett, a CBS broadcaster and Monterey native who qualified via sectionals, posted a four-birdie, one-bogey 68.
 
'I can't explain it,' said Clampett. 'Words just can't describe my feelings. I had to hold back the tears about a half-dozen times today, but I was really at peace all day on the course.'
 
There are four players at 2-under-par, including Hal Sutton. This year's PLAYERS champion holed an 8-iron from 136 yards for eagle on the very first hole. 'Only 71 more to go,' yelled one fan.
 
Sutton followed that with a birdie on the newly-changed 484-yard, par-4 2nd to go to 3-under-par through three holes. Through 13 holes, Sutton stood alone at the top at 6-under-par. Then the course struck back. A double bogey at the par-5 14th was the beginning of a five-hole stretch that Sutton played at 4-over-par. He closed his first round by bogeying the 18th to shoot a very respectful, if though disappointing, 2-under-par 69.
 
'What a weird day,' Sutton said. 'The weather was kind of good and kind of bad. My round was kind of good and kind of bad. What do you say?'
 
NEWS, NOTES AND NUMBERS
*Last year's runner-up, Phil Mickelson, was three-over through 12 holes, but birdied the 13th, 14th and 18th holes to finish the day at even-par 71.
 
*2000 Masters champion Vijay Singh is even par through seven holes.
 
*David Duval began the day birdie-bogey-bogey-birdie-bogey-birdie en route a front-9 even-par 35. His roller-coaster round continued on the back-9 with one birdie, three bogeys and one double-bogey for a 4-over-par 75.
 
*Sergio Garcia also shot 75 on Thursday. He did so wearing knickers in tribute to 1999 U.S. Open champion Payne Stewart.
 
*John Daly withdrew after shooting a 12-over-par 83. His first round ended with a 14 on the par-5 18th.