Much like last week at Doral, the Heron bay Course in Florida lost it's sole defence, the wind, and most players had a field day with some extremely low scoring around the TPC Course.
126 out of 144 players finished under par on the first day with eight players sharing the lead on 7-under par.
Mike Brisky, Brian Gay, Matt Gogel, Dudley Hart, J.P. Hayes, Brian Henninger, Skip Kendall and Paraguay's Carlos Franco all fired 7-under-par 65s to share the lead Franco, the PGA TOUR's 1999 rookie of the year, is playing with tendonitis in his left wrist. Early clubhouse leader Skip Kendall said:
"I was surprised that the wind didn't come up a little bit more. Our 18th hole played a bit into the wind, but virtually nothing compared to what it usually is. It's usually blowing 25, 30 mph here."
Another eight players shot 66, including the cart bound Casey Martin, who shot his lowest round on the Tour to date.
Davis Love III, defending champion Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk are all in the hunt too, but a bit further back of the leaders. Love scored 69, Singh 70 and Furyk 68
Brisky, Gogel and Kendall are seeking their first wins on TOUR. Kendall was alone atop the leaderboard at 8 under before he missed a 4-foot putt for par on the 18th.
And the new boy in town, Australian sensation Aaron Baddeley, chipped in from 25 feet away on No. 18 for birdie. Baddeley, the only amateur in the field, shot a 3-under 69.
The Australian Open winner would have had a lower round, but was even on the four par-5s. Baddeley, who will be chasing his first US Victory this week, got a warm welcome from the galleries. On No. 10, someone shouted "Second Tiger" after he ripped his tee shot. "I don't know about that," He said.
And David Sutherland had a rare 'albatross' on the par-5 No. 14. After his drive, he hit a 3-wood from 274 yards that found the hole. It was the first albatross on Tour this season. There were five last year.