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Chrysler Championship

The 19th hole

By RODNEY PAGE, Times Staff Writer
Published October 28, 2005

HOLE OF THE DAY: NO. 3, PAR 4, 455 YARDS

This was statistically the toughest of the day. The field averaged 4.13 strokes. There were 14 birdies, but 46 bogeys or worse, including triple bogeys by Hunter Mahan and K.J. Choi.

STAT OF THE DAY: Defending champion Vijay Singh faded at the finish with double bogey on No.16 and bogeys on Nos. 17 and 18. He was at 3-over 74. There were only six double bogeys or worse from 131 players on No.16. Last year, Singh birdied the hole twice and had a scoring average of 3.5. This was Singh's worst score by four shots in nine rounds at Innisbrook.

SHOT OF THE DAY: Tom Lehman sank a greenside bunker shot on the 560-yard par-5 first hole for eagle. That sent him to 4 under, which is where he ended the day. His second shot was a 240-yard 3-wood that drifted left. "I only played one round here, so I wasn't quite familiar with how dead you were in that left bunker when the pin is in the front left of the green," Lehman said. "I was thinking, whoa, it's straight downhill. With the green, there is no way to stop this thing unless I hit the pin. So I aimed at the pin, hit the pin and it went in."

BY THE NUMBERS:

2: Times Jeff Brehaut has led a tournament after the first round in 171 starts

4: Players who eagled the par-5 first hole

5: Consecutive birdies for Dean Wilson on holes 4-8

13: Fairways hit by Tom Lehman, out of 13

340: Yards on Tag Ridings' drive on the 10th hole, the longest drive of the day

[Last modified October 28, 2005, 01:36:14]


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