Daly tussle with Tiger

Six-way tie at top of Bay Hill leaderboard

Bob Warters's picture
Fri, 15 Mar 2002

With two of the world's most exciting players -Tiger Woods and John Daly - sitting on top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Bay Hill Invitational in Florida it makes for a thrilling tournament to come.

Both shot five under par 67s and the big crowds as well as millions watching on TV are praying for a shoot-out between them on Sunday.

Sharing the six-way lead are DA Weibring, John Huston, left-hander Steve Flesch and Argentina's big-hitting Angel Cabrera.

In fact Cabrera got his score to seven under par but bogeyed the 8th and 9th, his closing holes.

“It was kind of neat to play behind Tiger,” Daly said. “I knew he was playing good. It was kind of cool, because the gallery watched both of us all day.”

Sergio Garcia was among those on 68, with Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and US Ryder Cup captain Curtis Strange returning 69. Ernie Els, trying to win for the third straight week, bogeyed the 18th for a 70.

Woods is trying to become the first player to win three separate tournaments three times in a row but says he was saved by his putter when his accuracy to the greens went awry.

“My short game bailed me out, and I made a lot of putts today,” he said after a round in which he required only 21 putts.

As well as Garcia, Europe's challenge is led by the improving Per Ulrick Johansson on -4, with Olazabal on -1 and Fasth and Langer level par.

Paul McGinley and Lee Westwood both had 74s, while Luke Donald returned a 77.



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