With just two bogey-free rounds (Michael and Keegan Bradley) and four eagles on the day, low scores were hard to come by in the first round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. The day could indicate a sign of a week of tough scoring to begin the 2012 campaign.
The 27 men competing at Kapalua in the PGA Tour season opener recorded just 105 birdies on Friday. That's the lowest tally since the opening round in 2008, when just 94 birdies were made.
With the smallest field in the Tournament of Champions since the event moved to Hawaii in 1999, each player averaged 3.88 birdies per round - the worst mark since that '08 premiere. That kickoff to the '08 season, however, was the last round in a two-plus-year trend of abnormal scoring.
The 2006 edition was the worst in terms of scoring since the move to Kapalua. In all four rounds, the 28-man field recorded less than 85 total birdies. Stuart Appleby emerged victorious in a playoff over Vijay Singh at just 8-under par.
A year later, Singh exacting revenge by winning the tournament. He won with the second-worst 72-hole total by a champion at Kapalua, at 14-under par.