1999 Buick Invitational - Friday Notes
Ted Tryba Shoots Another 65, Holds On To The Lead
by Martin Olivera

Ted Tryba continued his attack on Torrey Pines by shooting another 65, this time on the South Course. "Today I tried to focus as hard as I could on each shot," said Tryba, who started on the 10th hole. He went out in 31 and came back in 34, making seven birdies and no bogeys. "Confidence goes with hitting good shots. It's not built on a day or two days. it's built in a month or so", added Tryba. He had 27 putts today, and hit 14 greens on a very steady round. "I'm not going to shake a stick at 65, but I'm trying to put it in my mind that I can go lower. I need to keep that attitude". His focus and attitude are keeping him at 14-under, one shot ahead of local Dennis Paulson, who had the low round of the day, 64 on the South Course, one shot off the course record shared by Tommy Nakajima and Tom Watson. He too started on the back nine, making two eagles -- par-5's #13 and #18 -- and 3 birdies (#10, #15, and #16) for a 29. He tied Brian Henninger's record set last year on the same nine holes. "The back nine was as fun as it gets", said Paulson. "On #15 I told my caddie we are going to make something today. I was just hitting it great," he said. He shot 35 in his back nine, starting with a 3-putt bogey on #1. "I felt like I lost energy after the 3-putt", said Paulson. "Kinda lost focus, but saves were the key to keeping the round together," he added. He played the par-5's in 5-under, and had only 26 putts on his round today.

It was a bright and sunny day a Torrey, with no wind and greens still receptive. That all translated into low scores. It was "cut day", and 73 players made the cut which was at 141 (3-under), one shot lower than last year's and two shots lower than the average cut score at Torrey Pines. Those notables missing the cut were former champions Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Bob Tway, Greg Twiggs, and Gary Hallberg.

There were seven 65's and five 66's today. The North Course played to a 69.553, about a shot lower than yesterday's average, whereas the South Course played to a 71.545, just 3/4 of a stroke lower than yesterday's. Among those notables going low today and lurking a few shots back are former champions Craig Stadler and Steve Pate, both at (-8), rookie local Chris Riley (-7), last year's runner-up Skip Kendall (-7), and 1990 champion Dan Forsman.

Tomorrow is "moving day", and move they will have to if they want to catch Tryba and Paulson. If the nice, windless weather prevails, low scores will be again easy to come by. Defending champion Scott Simpson, who last year came from eight shots back to win, is at -5, "only" nine shots back and well within range. And so it's Tiger Woods.


The Other Cut

This week there is more than just the Buick Invitational at stake here in San Diego. A number of players are struggling to make to top-64 in the World Rankings, which will earn them a spot in the Andersen Consulting World Match Play Championship in nearby La Costa the last week of this month. This event is the first of five in the World Championship series to be held this year, and players will be going head-to-head for a $5 million purse.

This week at the Buick there are 23 players who will also be in the field at La Costa. But most importantly, there are 11 players who are ranked between #60 and #79 in the World Rankings and still have a chance to make the top-64. Of those 11, four missed the cut today: Greg Chalmers (#71), Steve Flesch (#72), Jay Haas (#73), and Tim Herron (#77). Those who made the cut and still have a chance are: Michael Bradley (#64), David Toms (#70, needs a top-7 this week), Frank Nobilo (#76, needs a top-4), Chris Perry (#78, needs a top-2), and Scott McCarron (#79, needs a top-3).

Other players with a chance to qualify are playing the Ericsson Masters in Australia, and the Dubai Classic. Nick Faldo, who needed a good finish at Dubai this week, missed the cut and has virtually no chance to make his trip to La Costa now.


Notes from the Buick:

  • More Casualties: Brad Bryant withdrew due to illness in the family.

  • Amateurs: Tim Mickelson shot 72 (North) for a 151 total. Steve Messer shot 81 (South) today, for a 157 total. Both missed the cut.


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