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Tough Times for Crenshaw

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ben Crenshaw won two Masters Tournaments and a total of 19 times on the regular tour, but he has found the play on the Champions Tour surprisingly rough for him.
Crenshaw is hampered somewhat because he is a late father who has three young daughters, the oldest 15 years of age, and he has said that he intends to do all the fatherly things, at the expense of practicing if need be. But more than that, he says its a little baffling to him that he has not been able to play better. His best finish this year is a tie for 20th and his scoring average is 73.46.
I need to start playing better, said Crenshaw. I want to try to be competitive as long as I can. If I dont soon start seeing some results, I may have to go about things in different ways.
I think people underestimate some of the guys out here. Most of the guys play really well and are sharp, playing mostly every week.
How difficult a day was it? You got a 20-mile-an-hour wind blowing, a 2-club wind blowing right-to-left ' more so than what people are thinking, said Fuzzy Zoeller.
Im sure you will see a lot of shots coming out of the rough ' the guys are misjudging the winds. Its difficult.
Arnold Palmer finished double-bogey and bogey to shoot an 8-over 79. The 73-year-old legend was 3-over after 14 holes but tentative play at the end of his round was his ruin.
I hit one of my big tee shots (on his 17th) that I havent hit in a long time, he said. I was going to give it a shot at going up over the trees and try to get it on the front edge of the green and changed my mind because ' I tried to lay up and hit a bad shot, which is not my style, as you know.
I never laid up successfully in my life.
Television analyst Gary McCord was at his all-time best when he discussed the par-5 eighth hole ' his 17th.
I did a dumb and dumber, he said. I tried to get a 5-wood up by the green, and I didnt realize it was a peninsula over here by North Korea that you couldnt get close to. So I kept chipping around and finally bogeyed the hole ' and I was right in front of the green.
Thats why I am in the stupid box right here.'
Amateur Randy Reznicek aced the 168-yard 13th with a 7-iron.
It was my first hole-in-one, said Reznicek. First hole-in-one ever. As a young man, I worked at a night-lighted par-3 golf course ' 18 par-3s. Some days Id go around that thing six or seven times ' never made any. What an experience.
I was just telling my wife and all my friends ' you know Im an amateur, I just wanted to come here and have a good time. Stay relaxed if I could, hit some good shots, shoot a respectable score ' Im capable of making the cut, but I didnt want to put too much pressure on myself. That ball went in the hole and Im going to have fun.
He opened in 79.
Harold Henning is undergoing preventive chemotherapy treatment for a cancerous tumor at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. The tumor has been removed and chemo is now being applied to the area which was infected.
Leonard Thompson withdrew Thursday, complaining of cold chills and dizziness. He had completed six holes of the first round and stood at 5-over par when he dropped out.
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