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1997 Mercedes Championships - Thursday Notes
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  • Tiger Attraction: The crowd today made it look like a Saturday of previous years. By 8:30am the parking lots were full. Weather was great, and the sea breeze was noticeable since mid-morning.

  • Followed Tom Watson all 18 holes. Shot 70 with two bogeys (#2 and #17), and four birdies (#8, #9, #12, and #16). Used driver in all par-4 and par-5 holes. Only really short putt missed was on #2 (2-footer) after splashing out of left green-side bunker. Only missed 2 fairways, and in one of them almost holed out his second from a fairway bunker (missed the hole by 2 inches). Had a total of 29 putts, and hit 12 greens in regulation. He can sure hit those irons crispy. Played with Ernie Els, who shot par and made a double on #6.

  • First DQ of the season: David Ogrin. Incorrect Scorecard -- On the 14th hole he marked his ball on the green and then moved his marker one putter-head length. He forgot to replace it to its original position before putting, and then did not assess himself a 2 stroke penalty for the violation.

  • Only eagle of the day was Tiger's on #12: driver, 4-iron to 35 feet, 1-putt. He also birdied #3 with a 25-footer, and bogeyed #15 with a 3-putt (missed a 4-footer).

  • Equipment Changes:
    • Ernie Els: From Lynx to Taylor Made.
    • Mark Brooks: From Hogan to Callaway.
    • Corey Pavin: From Cleveland to PRGR.

  • Tom Lehman's Scorecard:

    Hole  1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9  OUT 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 IN TOTAL
    Par 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 36 4 3 5 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72
    Score 4 5 3 4 5 3 2 4 5 35 3 2 4 4 3 4 3 5 3 31 66