GRAND SLAM OF GOLF
Jim Furyk shot a 67 yesterday in the first round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf on Kauai. He leads Geoff Ogilvy by a stroke.
Woods takes the long way around Poipu Bay
Jim Furyk leads the group by going straight for the hole
POIPU, Kauai » Tiger Woods' six victories in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf never included an official "tour" of the Poipu Bay Golf Course.
He saved that for yesterday.
Woods sprayed his drives and consistently missed the fairways in the first round, shooting a 2-under 70 -- his worst 18 holes in the event since 2000 -- and yielding his customary position as the man being chased.
Instead, Jim Furyk carded a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 for a one-shot lead over U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, who was on top for most of the day until Furyk got hot late on the back nine.
"I kept the ball in the fairway most of the day, but didn't hit a ton of crisp iron shots," said Furyk, who qualified as an alternate in the $1.25 million tournament that tries to bring together the year's four major winners. "I was putting from a long distance, but my putting was very good. I was able to just kind of keep it in play and keep it on the greens and keep making a bunch of pars and a few birdies here and there."
Furyk trailed Ogilvy by one heading to the 225-yard, par-3 17th, but he nailed a 5-iron to within 12 feet for birdie to take the lead at 4 under. Ogilvy's 6-iron flew the green and he left his second shot
short into deep rough before getting up and down for bogey.
"I didn't hit too many bad shots, just one bad shot on 17, the tee shot," Ogilvy said. "I putted quite well, which is usually my Achilles' heel on Bermuda (grass). I guess I was steady because I drove the ball well. I didn't miss any on the wrong sides of the greens."
Furyk and Ogilvy also birdied the par-5 18th, and so did Woods, his only birdie on the back nine.
"I'm very fortunate to only be three back the way I hit it today," Woods said. "So hopefully tomorrow I can turn it around somehow. You know you're going to have to make birdies out here. This golf course can be had. Jim putted great today, and that's exactly what you have to do in order to win the tournament.
"For as poorly as I felt over the golf shots, and as poorly as I executed today, I've still got a chance to win."
Woods, the British Open and PGA Championship winner, had four birdies and two bogeys. He started strong, with birdies on the first two holes, and led until the fourth hole, when he missed a par-saving 6-footer.
Ogilvy took the lead with birdie putts of 5 and 12 feet on the par-4 fifth and the par-5 sixth to move to 3 under.
Woods hit a sand wedge to 1 foot on the sixth for birdie and then dropped a 20-footer on the seventh for another birdie for a temporary tie at 3 under with Ogilvy. But Woods lost a stroke when he found a trap (one of three for the day) on the par-4 eighth and his 12-foot par-saving attempt lipped the cup.
But Woods' worst moment came when he tried to drive the green at the 296-yard, par-4 13th, but landed in the water instead and wound up two-putting from 10 feet for bogey and falling to 1 under.
"It was just a 3-wood that I was aiming at the left bunker and ... I got stuck behind it and hit it way right. Put it right in the water," Woods said.
Mike Weir, another alternate qualifier, is in last place, one shot behind Woods heading into today's final round after an up-and-down day of 1-under 71.
"I didn't strike the ball as solidly as I've been doing, so that was disappointing," Weir said. "Seemed like I just scrambled around a little bit. 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."
Furyk's one-putt birdies were from 8, 12, 10 and 8 feet and he also two-putted from 40 feet for a birdie on the par-5 sixth hole.
Today's winner will be whoever gets the birdie machine going.
"It's going to take a decent score again," Ogilvy said.