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Lehman on fire on easy course: 62 leads Buick
Published January 21, 2005
SAN DIEGO - Tom Lehman was so locked into his game Thursday he didn't realize until after his round that he had birdied the last six holes for a 10-under 62 and a one-shot lead in the Buick Invitational.
One thing was clear: He had to have been on the North course at Torrey Pines.
In a tournament that takes two days to figure out who's playing the best, Lehman matched his career-low round on the easier North course with a steady diet of fairways and greens. He birdied nine of his final 12 holes for a one-shot lead over Dean Wilson.
"I'm doing a lot of things right that you need to do right out here," Lehman said. "It would have been nice to continue to the first tee on the South course and keep going."
Or maybe not.
All but two of the top 17 scores came from the North course, which played nearly three strokes easier.
Aaron Baddeley (66) and Peter Lonard (67) had the best scores on the South course, which plays at 7,568 yards and will host the U.S. Open in 2008.
Among the top six players in the world at Torrey Pines, only Ernie Els played the North course (6,873 yards). He also took advantage, making nine birdies and getting away with a few sloppy shots for a 7-under 65.
"You have one chance to shoot something really decent," Els said. "And you've got to hope for the best on the South. These are totally different. One is like a pitch-and-putt, and then you get to the real world."
The average score on the South course was 72.43, compared to 69.56 on the North.
Over in the real world, Tiger Woods struggled with lingering affects from the flu, making a 45-foot birdie on the par-3 third and twice saving par with long putts for a 69, putting him in a large group that included Sergio Garcia.
Vijay Singh, who missed his only cut last year at the Buick Invitational, birdied his final hole for 71 on the South. Phil Mickelson made an inauspicious debut by hitting only five fairways, playing the par 5s in 2 over and shooting 72.
David Duval made the turn on the South course at 1 over and was cruising along until running into problems. He played his last seven holes in 6 over and shot 79.
Dick Mast, 53, the former Lakewood and St. Petersburg Junior College player, opened with a 72.
EUROPEAN PGA TOUR: American Bruce Vaughan shot a 7-under 65 to share the first-round lead with Titch Moore at the South African Open in Durban.
WOMEN AMATEURS: Morgan Pressel reached the semifinals of the Ione D. Jones/Doherty Amateur Tournament with a 4-and-3 win over veteran Julie Garner. Pressel, 16, faces Maggie Weder, 26, the only non-high schooler left in the field, and Taylor Leon faces Alexandra Bodemann in today's semifinals at Fort Lauderdale.
THAILAND TOURNEY: The Thailand Golf Association is moving its Thailand Open in March to tsunami-stricken Phuket in an attempt to benefit the area's ailing tourist industry.