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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Wells Fargo Championship - Round 1

With 18 holes of the Wells Fargo Championship in the books, we essentially got what we expected in the first round. That is, a leaderboard that is all over the place. Here are some observations:

  • I mentioned yesterday that I wouldn't be surprised if Rory McIlroy won or one of the many alternates. Turns out, McIlroy is a co-leader at 5-under on a leaderboard that features a Monday qualifier (Nate Smith) with no TOUR status and TOUR rookie Derek Ernst. Others in the lead are Nick Watney, Robert Garrigus, Ryan Moore and Daniel Summerhays.
  • It was one of those days where the Yahoo! bench was much better than the starting lineup. Needless to say, McIlroy will start over Bill Haas while Lucas Glover (-4) will sub in for Webb Simpson alongside Nick Watney and Lee Westwood will sub in for Rickie Fowler.
  • As expected, some greens looked better than others. Down the stretch, 16 struck me as as pretty bad along with the par-3 13th. 
  • When writing about Bill Haas as my one-and-done selection yesterday I mentioned the need for him to play the par 5s better than he has this year. He rewarded my confidence with a bogey on the par-5 10th to start his round, another bogey on the par-5 fifth and took the cake with a 9 on the par-5 seventh. He played the par 5s in 6-over and the other 14 holes in 1-over. Great!
  • The McIlroy pick in the two-and-done looks nice. He looked very comfortable and in control.
  • The final Saturday paring in New Orleans (Lucas Glover and Boo Weekley) are a shot back after round one. Phil Mickelson is among those that join them. 

That's it for today! 

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