The first round at the Blue Monster was completed this morning, with Hunter Mahan getting 2 birdies in his remaining 8 holes of play. He would also card his only bogey in the round on the par4 7th, so he’s currently atop the leaderboard at 8-under par. Ryo Ishikawa is only 1 shot back at 7-under heading into this afternoon’s 2nd round. Ishikawa posted 8 birdies and one bogey in his round of 7-under 65. The world’s #1 ranked player Martin Kaymer is currently in 3rd, after finishing up his opening round of 6-under 66. Five players are tied for 4th at 5-under – Thomas Aiken, Martin Laird, Charley Hoffman, Luke Donald, and Nick Watney. Lee Westwood ran into a bad stretch of holes as he finished up the remainder of his opening round Friday morning, bogeying the 12th, 13th, and 15th holes to drop back to 2-under 70.
Phil Mickelson went backwards Friday morning, with only 3 holes remaining in his opening round. Lefty bogeyed the par4 7th, then took a nasty double bogey on the par4 8th and failed to take advantage of the short par3 9th, posting a very disappointing round of +1. Graeme McDowell and Tiger Woods finished their rounds, both finishing with 2-under 70′s.
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