1997 Buick Invitational - First Round Notes
It was business as usual at Torrey Pines. The perfect weather and excellent courses condition provided for good scoring. The North course scoring average was about 2.5 strokes lower than the South's (69.782 and 72.256, respectively). Three of the top four leaders played the North course, whose par-5 holes yielded 11 eagles, as compared with the "mere" 4 eagles scored on the par-5 holes of the South course. Olin Browne's 65 on the South course could well be considered the best round of the day, in spite Bob Tway's 64 on the North. Taylor Smith, who doesn't want to be remembered as the "putter guy" (in reference to his disqualification last season, for using a putter with a non-conforming grip, which precluded him from a playoff for the title with Tiger Woods at the Walt Disney Classic), came out of three weeks of new fatherhood to quietly shoot a 65. Jay Don Blake played a solid round of "fairways and greens" also for a 65 on the North.
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