Sean O`Hair, Nick O`Hern and Rod Pampling share first-round lead in low-scoring Memorial

Released on = June 3, 2007, 1:30 am

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Press Release Summary = O\'Hair, O\'Hern, Pampling share lead at low-scoring Memorial.
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Near-perfect playing conditions Thursday resulted in the lowest first-round scoring
average in the 32-year history of the PGA Tour\'s Memorial Tournament at Muirfield
Village Golf Club.

Sean O\'Hair, Nick O\'Hern and Rod Pampling took full advantage of the soft conditions
and receptive greens to post 7-under-par 65s and share the first-round lead at the
Jack Nicklaus-hosted event at Dublin, Ohio.

There were 29 rounds in the 60s, and 57 players finished below par.

\"When we get perfect conditions, with the quality of [the] field, you\'re going to
shoot low,\" Pampling said during his post-round news conference. \"There wasn\'t that
bit of wind that gave the course a little bit of defense. It\'s still a good, strong
golf course. Trust me, it\'ll get us back, I\'m sure.\"

The field average of 71.24 was the lowest for the opening round in Memorial history,
breaking the 1995 record of 71.43, and only the fifth under-par average in the
event\'s 32 years.

While several lesser-name players in the field were going low, Tiger Woods made some
uncharacteristic mistakes and finished at 70, tied for 30th. The world\'s top-ranked
player started fast with three birdies in the first six holes, but back-to-back
bogeys on Nos. 12 and 13 derailed his momentum.

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