3M Championship: Friday's recap

  • Updated: August 3, 2012 - 10:41 PM

DAY ONE RECAP

Leaders: Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate, Peter Senior, Gil Morgan, seven under 65s

Historic logjam

For the first time in the 20-year history of the 3M Championship there is a four-way tie for the lead after Day 1. Gil Morgan shot his age and shares the top of the leaderboard after a bogey-free 65 with Chien Soon Lu, Steve Pate and Peter Senior. The 65s by the leaders mark the fifth consecutive year Round 1 has ended with players carding 65s or better. Four previous winners of the 3M Championship have held the lead after Friday, including Jay Haas last year, when he finished with an 8-under 64. More than half of the field finished below par, yet Morgan joined Willie Wood and David Frost as the only players of 81 participants to post bogey-free rounds. Senior, Frost, Wood and Ted Schulz needed just 24 putts each.

HOLE OF THE DAY

No. 9 • 456 yards • par 4

On a day when it seemed everyone was capable of going ridiculously low, the ninth ate players up. Playing into the wind most of the day, only four players made birdie. There were 18 bogeys, 22 double bogeys and one dreaded "other" for a scoring average of 4.704.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"My hope was to not hit it over the green. Guess it worked, and it was exciting." -- David Peoples, who put an exclamation point on his 4-under-par round with a chip-in eagle from the bunker on 18.

FOUR QUESTIONS

UP AND DOWN WITH BRAD BRYANT

Q As an avid fisherman and golfer, which is more advantageous: going for an eagle over the water on 18 or fishing bass on 18?

A Man, this course does have some good fish. Just a wonderful spot to fish. But 18 is a wonderful finishing hole, and there is a real chance at some thrills.

 

Q You went 18 years on the PGA Tour until you finished with a win (1995 Walt Disney World Classic); better late than never?

A I've always been sort of a journeyman. I finally broke through and won that one event and that's probably the best golf I've played in my life. And then I hurt my back very badly, so I'm glad I got that one in.

 

Q Gary McCord called you "Dr. Dirt." Why?

A He thought I looked like a character in a gasoline commercial. I don't know -- I've always done things a little different. I was the first to move to Orlando because of [no] tax reasons, now everybody does. I suggested a minor league tour, and they made fun of me. Now look at what's happened. We develop our own talent. I've either been way ahead of my time or out to lunch.

 

Q I understand you're donating 10 percent of your winnings this season to a special charity.

A My wife and I have done it for a couple of years, we've just not made it public until this year. It's the Uniting Hearts Fund, which raises money to help families adopt children. There is a high rate of children who need a home, and it can be done. If God puts money in my hands I am going to use that money to help other people. Our oldest son is adopted, and we felt like we owed a debt that we're paying now.

BRIAN STENSAAS

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