Pair Share Lead Tiger Lefty 3 Back at Medinah

By Associated PressAugust 17, 2006, 4:00 pm
2006 PGA ChampionshipMEDINAH, Ill -- Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were more of a sneak preview than the main event.
 
Together in a major for the first time in five years, both shot 69 -- not usually a bad start in the PGA Championship, but certainly nothing special on a day of record scoring at Medinah Country Club.
 
Lucas Glover
Lucas Glover posted a 6-under 66 to grab the early clubhouse lead at Medinah.
Lucas Glover made a strong opening statement about his Ryder Cup hopes with three birdies on his last four holes for a 6-under 66, giving him a share of the lead with Chris Riley, one shot better than seventh-alternate Billy Andrade.
 
They were among 60 players who broke par at Medinah, billed as the longest course ever for a major (7,561 yards) but playing more like a pushover in soft, calm conditions. It was the most rounds under par since the PGA Championship switched to stroke play in 1958, two more than the second round at Riviera in 1965.
 
It was an assault on par and a march toward the Ryder Cup.

Davis Love III, in dire need of a good week to make his seventh straight team, was on the verge of tying the course record until he whiffed a shot with a wedge, took triple bogey and shot 68. He was joined by Stewart Cink, another Ryder Cup hopeful, and J.J. Henry, who is eighth in the standings and trying to show he belongs on the U.S. team.
 
Woods summed up his summit with Mickelson with numbers, not words.
 
'Sixty-nines,' he said. 'We all kept ourselves right in the ball game.'
 
'He's in his own world and we take care of our game and our business,' Mickelson said. 'It's a fun day and we shake hands afterwards. We both played OK today, but we both had a chance to go a little lower.'
 
U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, tagging along with the Masters and British Open champions, easily kept pace and joined them at 69. He didn't see any fireworks, only loads of photographers.
 
'The dynamic was exactly like probably every group this morning,' he said.
 
So were the scores.
 
Mighty Medinah was more of a cream puff under such benign conditions. When the PGA Championship was played here seven years ago, only 35 players broke par and the course played about a stroke harder.
 
'I don't think there's anything wrong with it,' Cink said. 'If somebody shoots 20-under-par this week, then they are going to be the PGA champion, and they are going to have to go through a whole lot to win this tournament. It's a tough win no matter what.'
 
It could be tougher with so many players challenging. Those 60 players were separated by five shots after one day.
 
Billy Mayfair, two weeks removed from surgery for testicular cancer, was among the leaders at 6-under until he ran out of steam on the hillier back nine and settled in at 69.
 
Also at 69 was Sergio Garcia, known in these parts for that improbable shot he gouged out of the base of a tree on the 16th hole when he came close to toppling Woods in 1999. This time, he languished over a 2-foot par putt on the 16th hole and missed it badly to the right.
 
'It's a shame I go and miss a short putt on probably my favorite hole on the golf course,' Garcia said.
 
Jim Furyk and Retief Goosen were among those at 70. Ernie Els, whose father-in-law died in South Africa early Thursday, shot 71.
 
The attention was on Woods and Mickelson, playing in the same group at a major for the first time since the 2001 Masters.
 
Only about 300 fans were waiting for them on the 10th tee at Medinah -- a 25-minute walk from the clubhouse -- to start the round.
 
They shook hands in a small tent while picking up their scorecards, just as they would if this were the Buick Invitational.
 
'Nice 3,' Woods said to Mickelson after Lefty rolled in a 4-foot birdie putt at No. 11, the type of conversation heard at the Memorial.
 
Mickelson birdied the first two holes, then hit a stretch where he missed seven out of nine greens. He saved par on all of them except the par-3 second hole, pulling a 4-foot putt.
 
Woods made a sloppy bogey on the par-5 10th, cussing and flipping his club at the bag when he missed the green with his third shot, then chipped 35 feet by the hole. But he recovered with a key 7-foot par save on the 13th, and an unlikely birdie on the par-5 14th when he hit a blind 7-iron off a trampled lie in the rough and holed a 30-foot putt.
 
Otherwise, they were just another group of players taking dead aim at Medinah.
 
'No one was walking to the other side of the fairway to avoid the other,' Ogilvy said. 'And no one was walking across the fairway to talk to each other, either. It was a typical first day at a major championship.'
 
None of the three major champions got the most out of a vulnerable Medinah, but they did enough. By the end of the day, they were three shots out of the lead, a solid start toward adding another major title this year.
 
Glover missed the cut in the first three majors this year, but much more is at stake in this one. He is 14th in the Ryder Cup standings and knows captain Tom Lehman might bypass him in favor of a veteran to offset so much inexperience already ahead of him. Glover has been guilty of putting too much pressure on himself to make the team, and it's not easy to put the Ryder Cup out of his mind.
 
'Every day, every minute, every second for the last six months,' he said. 'But I had decided to put that behind me this week and try to just play golf, have fun, not worry about it.'
 
Riley tied for fourth in the PGA Championship two years ago to make his first team, but not even a victory would help him now. He hasn't had a top-10 finish since Whistling Straits in 2004, meaning he has zero points.
 
But he's starting to play well again, which means just as much.
 
He just never thought 66 would be good enough to be at the top of the leaderboard at Medinah, not on a day like this.
 
'I don't know what's low, but I thought 6-under would have been in the top five,' he said. 'I don't know what place it's in, but I'm happy with it.'
 
Love tried to put a happy face on his round, but there was no escaping the triple bogey at No. 17.
 
He tried to cut a 6-iron over the water, but pulled it into deep rough with a bunker between his ball and a slick putting surface running toward Lake Kadijah.
 
'If I fly it in the middle of the green, it's going in the lake,' Love said. 'I didn't have many options.'
 
He picked the worst one by trying to hit the perfect flop. His sand wedge slid so steeply through the tall grass that the ball didn't even move -- a whiff. He dumped it in the bunker on the next shot, blasted out timidly and two-putted from 12 feet for triple bogey.
 
'I was one club away from a great round,' Love said. 'Other than two or three swings, I wouldn't change much.'
 
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    Na was in the right rough, 185 yards from the green, which was guarded by water. He vacillated between a hybrid and an iron, but with either club he would have to hit "a 40-yard cut," as Harms termed it.

    "Over the green's dead," Harms warned.

    "It's not gonna go over the green, Kenny," Na replied.

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    "I'm not," harms replied. "I'm not OK with either one of them."

    "I'm going with this," Na ended the discussion.

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    Kevin Na leads the Fort Worth Invitational by one over Charley Hoffman following a first-round 8-under 62. Here's where things stand through 18 holes at Colonial.

    Leaderboard: Na (-8), Hoffman (-7), Emiliano Grillo (-6), Jhonattan Vegas (-6), Andrew Putnam (-6), Beau Hossler (-6)

    What it means: The veteran Na is in search of just his second PGA Tour victory in 367 events played. The 34-year-old's lone victory came at the 2011 Shriners to go along with nine runner-ups, the most recent of which was a tie for second at this year's Genesis Open. Na missed three straight cuts in April but has rallied back with a weekend stay at The Players and a T-6 at last week's Byron Nelson. Ranked 75th in the world, he is not currently qualified for the U.S. Open or the Open Championship. 

    Round of the day: Na turned in a clean card Thursday with six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 first, his 10th hole of the day. He closed with a chip-in birdie at No. 9 following a friendly disagreement with his caddie (more on that below). 

    Best of the rest: Hoffman was likewise bogey-free, drawing seven circles. The four-time Tour winner and typically steady performer has yet to register a top-10 finish this season.

    Biggest disappointment: Not that a round of 1 under is tragically disappointing, but Jordan Spieth has a pretty solid history of going low at this event and contending for the title. He's seven back through Round 1.

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    By Will GrayMay 24, 2018, 7:51 pm

    Country music star Jake Owen struggled in his Web.com Tour debut, shooting a 14-over 86 in the opening round of the Nashville Golf Open.

    Owen, who played as a 1 handicap earlier this year while teaming with Jordan Spieth at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, put three balls out of bounds over his first nine holes, including two en route to a quadruple-bogey 9 on the par-5 18th hole. After making the turn in 46, Owen came home in 40 without making a single birdie.

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