Round 1 is in the books and Robert Garrigus and Dustin Johnson are the leaders in the clubhouse. Enter Vern Lundquist “Who the hell is Happy Gilmore Robert Garrigus/Dustin Johnson?”. They each shot a -7/65 on day 1 them both sitting on a 1 stroke lead over Charley Hoffman, Vaughn Taylor, and Rich Beem. Those guys are all T3/-6/66. The Beemer put in 5 birdies on the front 9 alone, and then he bogeyed 16 and followed it up by making birdie on the final 2 holes for a pretty clean scorecard and very nice round 1. Beemer’s a real happy guy. Some Michael Bolton golf after the jump.
Davis Love III had the shot of the day with a long, curving 45 foot putt on 16. Love III is currently sitting T29/-3 after shooting a 69 consisting of 6 birdies, 9 pars, and 3 bogeys and it got off to a real hot start, birdieing 4 of the first 8 holes, including 3 of the first 4. He also had the honor of playing with PGA honcho, Tim Finchem whose scorecard I am unable to find. Jason “had a bogey free” Day, had a bogey free day shooting a -5/67 and is sitting T6 with Bill Lunde, Mike Weir, Mark Calcavecchia, Steve Elkington, Michael Allen, and D.J. Trahan.
Some other notable scores on day 1: Paul Guydos and Ratief Goosen are T13/-4/68, K.J. Choi is T29/-3-69, Jim Furyk and Kenny Perry are T57/-1/71, Phil Mickelson is T90/E/72, and Paddy Harrington is T138/+2/74.
A lot of guys are still well within striking distance of the lead; there’s a lot of golf still to be played. I can almost guarantee that the lead is going to change hands today. I really have no major evidence to back up my theory, but I will leave you with this: since 2006, neither Dustin Johnson nor Robert Garrigus have been able to turn a top 5 first round finish into a top 20 or better tournament finish. Garrigus twice finished in the top 26, but other than that the next best finish for either was T34. Enjoy your Friday everyone.