Adam Scott, Fredrik Jacobson share lead at windy Stanford St Jude Championship
Released on = June 8, 2007, 11:00 am
Press Release Author = GolfPublisher Syndications
Industry = Media
Press Release Summary = Adam Scott, Fredrik Jacobson, St. Jude Championship, PGA Tour
Press Release Body = From WorldGolf.com News Services, Golf Publisher Syndications
Adam Scott and Fredrik Jacobson each shot 3-under-par 67 Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Stanford St. Jude Championship in difficult playing conditions at TPC at Southwind.
With the golf course\'s beefed-up 7,244-yard layout and wind gusts of more than 30 mph, only seven players finished the Memphis, Tenn., event with scores below par. The 3-under rounds posted by Scott and Jacobson marked the highest first-round score in the event since Fuzzy Zoeller shot 2 under to open the 1986 St. Jude Championship.
\"It was pretty windy all day today and I kind of figured that unless the wind blows, the course is open for good scoring,\" Scott said in his post-round press conference. \"But the greens were tricky - I mean they\'re not very big and the pins were in quite difficult positions today, overall.
\"Add the wind into that, (and) you\'ve got a tough day.\"
The first-round scoring average of 74.2 tied for the highest first-round average in relation to par on the 2007 PGA Tour, along with the Masters. Thursday also marked the highest ever single-round scoring average against par in the tournament\'s history at TPC Southwind.
\"I felt (the wind) got to my putting a couple times when you have a gust coming in the middle of your stroke,\" Jacobson told reporters. \"It\'s not only the full shots, it\'s also once you\'re on the green trying to stand still and get a little push. It can push you off.\"
Retief Goosen was the lone player to player to avoid having a bogey on his card. He finished with a 2-under-par 68, tying Brian Gay for third.
Scott Verplank, Gavin Coles and Duffy Waldorf all shot 69 and stand tied for fifth.
John Daly, Justin Leonard and two-time St. Jude champion David Toms are among 11 players tied for eighth at even-par 70. Daly\'s round featured a string of five consecutive birdies, which got him to 2 under before falling back.
Scott overcame some early adversity as he offset a double bogey at No. 2 with an eagle on the par-5 third hole. After a bogey on No. 4, the world\'s No. 4-ranked player didn\'t make another major mistake, recording birdies at Nos. 6, 10, 13 and 16.
\"I wasn\'t too worried after making a double (bogey) on No. 2 because something like that would probably happen today in the wind,\" Scott said. \"But it was nice to get it straight back and try to get moving in the right direction.\"
Jacobson had a somewhat steadier round, recording five birdies and two bogeys. Prior to Thursday, the 32-year-old Swede had never held or shared the first-, second- or third-round lead on the PGA Tour in 86 career starts.
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June 08, 2007 Any opinions expressed above are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the views of the management.