Vijay Singh Leads, Big Names Struggle at Greenbrier: A Fan’s Take

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There were some low scores to be had on the Old White TPC course in the first round of the 2012 Greenbrier Classic. There were some 65s, some 64s and even a 63 recorded at the Greenbrier, but Tiger Woods could not approach those scores. Woods, in his first start at the Greenbrier Classic, and fresh off his victory at the AT&T National, could not manage to break 70.

Woods began his day on number 10 but his round turned at the par-5 17th hole when he hit it in the water. Then he missed a short putt on 17 to post a double bogey. Woods has some work to do to catch the leaders following his opening 71, but I think he will probably play well enough in round two to make the cut.

It was quite a day for a couple of older players on the PGA Tour. Vijay Singh and Jeff Maggert find themselves at the top of the leaderboard after the first round at the Greenbrier Classic. While Singh, 49, will be eligible for the Champions Tour soon I am sure that he would like to add another title to his resume. Maggert, 48, has not won since the St. Jude Classic in 2006 and would like to taste victory again.

Vijay Singh played the round of the day. His 63, including a 30 on the back nine, vaulted him into the first round lead. It must be quite nice to end your round with four consecutive birdies. Jeff Maggert also played well. His round of 64 leaves him one behind Singh. Also one stroke back are Jonathan Byrd and Martin Flores.

Phil Mickelson joined Tiger Woods at 1-over par, 71. Mickelson struggled with putting in the first round. His struggles included a three-putt from five feet on number five for a score of six. That was good for double bogey. Raise your hand if that has happened to you lately. I know it has happened to me.

In a post-round interview Mickelson said that he was ready to go out to the course again to see if he could post a low score. Mickelson will be looking to take advantage of the morning conditions in his second round just as Singh, Maggert, and others did in the first round. In case you are wondering, Tiger Woods has a late tee time for round two.

Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.

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