After being robbed by rain at Pebble Beach, pro golfers were welcomed to Southern California by brilliant, sunny weather. They responded with a barrage of birdies in the opening round of the Buick Invitational.
"You certainly like to have weather like this," said San Diegan Lennie Clements, who opened his round with three straight birdies and had 10 overall en route to an 8-under 64, good for a second-place tie with Michael Bradley. "It's a real treat."That was a recurring theme Thursday as golfers soaked up ideal weather at Torrey Pines: 74 degrees, cloudless sky, no wind.
"This was a perfect day," said Kirk Triplett, who had seven straight birdies during his round of 9-under 63 to tie Doug Martin and Tom Lehman for the lead. "Everybody who played last week and was used to slopping it around was so excited to get on a golf course in good shape."
Thursday was the complete opposite of the rainy weekend on the Monterey Peninsula that forced AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am to be canceled on Sunday. It was the first time since 1949 that a PGA Tour event was canceled and not rescheduled.
Triplett's run of birdies on the back nine of Torrey Pines North Course matched the best on the tour this year.
Martin and Lehman each had seven birdies and an eagle playing on the easier North Course, which is 408 yards shorter than the South Course.
In Adelaide, Australia, while Greg Norman moved up the leaderboard, hometown player Glenn Joyner overcame strong winds and an injured wrist today to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Ford Open.
Joyner, who sought on-course treatment from a chiropractor from the second straight day, shot a 2-under-par 70 for a 7-under 130.