2002 Buick Invitational - 1st Round Summary
Goggin Leads at 8-under
by Martin Olivera

2002 Buick Invitational - Thursday Summary

Australian Matthew Goggin shot a 64, his best round ever on the PGA TOUR, and leads the tournament by one stroke over Englishman Luke Donald, and Jay Williamson from St Louis, Missouri. All three players took advantage of excellent weather conditions and the tame North course at Torrey Pines. " (The North Course) is where you want to get it going", said Goggin. "Tomorrow I'll just go blind and see what happens". Tomorrow he plays the more difficult South course.

Tiger Woods, also playing the North course, shot a bogey-free round 66 an shares fourth place with local Chris Riley. "I didn't hit the ball that well today but hit a lot of beautiful putts. It really could've been a low number today", said Tiger. "It's nice to get to a good, solid start". Riley, who played in the same group with last week second-place finisher Pat Perez (71, tied for 51th place), made eagle on the par-5 14th hole.

The best score on the South course was shot by former tournament champion Mark O'Meara with a 67. He's tied for 6th place with five other players. This is the lowest score in official competition on the new South course.

The North course played to an average of 70.103 with the toughest hole, the par-4 11th, playing to a 4.231 average. The easiest was the par-5 14th with 4.436. The renovated South course played to an average of 73.782. The toughest hole on that course was the par-4 4th (4.449) and the easiest was the par-5 6th (4.744). Every player on the South course made at least one bogey today.


  • Buick Player's Challenge: The competition took place at hole #3, North Course. The event was MC's by Channel 8 (local CBS) sportscaster Hank Bauer. The event featured 5 skills tests: Short Iron (100 yards), Pitch-Over-Bunker, Greenside Bunker Shot, Lefty-Right Chip, and Long-Putt (40 feet). Dennis Paulson won the overall event and $3,100, followed by Craig Stadler and Bill Glasson with $1,800 each, Chris Riley $1,300, and Pat Perez and Scott Simpson $1,000 each.

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