Furyk Leads Ogilvy Tiger in Kauai


2005 PGA Grand Slam of GolfPOIPU BEACH, Hawaii -- Jim Furyk posted the only bogey-free round Tuesday as he carded a 5-under-par 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy is alone in second at minus-4. Tiger Woods, the British Open and PGA Championship winner, struggled to a 2-under-par 70, while 2003 Masters winner Mike Weir is in fourth at minus-1 at Poipu Bay Golf Course.
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods struggled on Day 1 at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.
This event is for the four major champions. Phil Mickelson won the Masters, but declined an invitation allowing Weir into the field. Since Woods won two majors, Furyk got in as he placed first on the Major Championship points list.
Furyk, who won by eight here in 2003, rolled in a 10-footer for birdie to get his round going. At the par-5 sixth, he two-putted for birdie to get to minus-2.
The world's No. 2 player two-putted for birdie from the fringe on the 13th. Furyk grabbed the lead with a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th. He pitched to 9 feet at the last and sank that putt for a closing birdie.
'Obviously I'm happy with where I stand after the first round,' stated Furyk. 'I did a good job of getting the ball in the hole and scoring. I kept the ball in the fairway most of the day. I was putting from long distance for a lot of the day, but my putting was very good today.'
Ogilvy, the only one of the four making his first appearance here, grabbed the early lead with a solid front nine. He sank 6-foot birdie putts on the second and fifth. Ogilvy came back with a 15-foot birdie putt at six to move atop the leaderboard at minus-3.
The Australian two-putted for birdie at 13, but trouble loomed. Ogilvy's tee shot went well long of the par-3 17th.
Ogilvy left his chip shot short in the rough He nearly holed his third, but needed to sink a 4-footer for bogey that dropped him to minus-3. He two-putted for birdie from 40 feet at the last to end one behind Furyk.
'I played quite well. I didn't hit too many bad shots, just one bad shot on 17, the tee shot,' admitted Ogilvy. 'Apart from that, I was pretty happy with it.'
Woods, who is coming off second-place finishes in China and Japan, was up and down all day. He opened with back-to-back birdies from the first, but tripped to a bogey at the fourth after knocking his second over the green.
The 30-year-old kicked in a short birdie putt on six and made it two straight as he poured in a 20-footer for birdie on seven. Woods found a fairway bunker of the tee at eight and that led to his second bogey.
Woods dipped to minus-1 with a bogey on the short par-4 13th after his tee shot found the water right of the green. He closed with a two-putt birdie at the last to end at minus-2.
'Nos. 1 and 18 were solid. The other 16 holes were just not very good,' said Woods, who has carded 11 straight sub-par rounds at Poipu Bay. 'I struggled today. It was frustrating. Somehow I was able to shoot 2 under. I don't know how I did that. I'm only three back, so hopefully (Wednesday) will be a little better day.'
Weir knocked his second shot within inches at the first and kicked that in for birdie. He came back with 3-foot birdie putt on six.
The Canadian faltered to a double-bogey at the eighth. He hit his second shot over the green and had to take a penalty drop before chipping on and two-putting for double-bogey from 13 feet. Weir got one stroke back with a two-putt birdie on 13.
'I didn't strike the ball as solidly as I've been doing the last little bit, so that was a little bit disappointing,' Weir said. 'I didn't get the ball in the fairway...Outside of that, I hung in there pretty good and hope to have a good one tomorrow.'
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