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1997 Mercedes Championships - Friday Notes
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  • Tiger Attraction: There were more people following Tiger Woods than the leaders. What else is new? I don'thave the numbers (yet), but the crowds of Thursday and Friday are greater, by far, than in previous years. This weekend parking and getting to La Costa will be a challenge. Patience ...

  • Followed Tom Watson again from the 11th (birdie) through 17th (par). Today he birdied #8, #9, #10, #11, missed a 4-footer for birdie on #12, birdied #13, lipped out a 15-footer on #14, birdie #15 ... I tell you, it's a real pleasure see Tom Watson hit the ball. His only two bad drives in the back nine were on #16 (hook, bogey) and #17 ( push, par).

  • Shot of the Day: Jim Furyk -- holed a 138-yard 8-iron for eagle on 17th.

  • Excerpts from the post-round press conferences:

    • Davis Love III: No time off during the off season. Spend time working on his wedge play, trying to take his hands out of his game. Putted a lot better in the back nine today (than he did yesterday).

    • Tiger Woods: Played well. A good solid round to get back into the tournament. Greens were still soft, so foot prints show. Their speed was consistent. He likes his mom to follow him when he plays ("it's cool"), but doesn't like her to stay with him while he's on the road.

    • Tom Lehman: Played better today (than yesterday), but scored one stroke worse. Took time off after the Diners matches, (12/15) so he didn't have many expectations coming here. There is a lot of peace in his game. He's enjoying playing.

  • Tom Lehman's Scorecards:

    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
    Round 1 4 5 3 4 5 3 2 4 5 35 3 2 4 4 3 4 3 5 3 31 66
    Round 2 3 4 3 4 5 3 3 3 5 33 3 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 34 67

  • Tiger Woods Scorecards:

    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
    Round 1 4 5 2 4 4 4 3 4 5 35 4 3 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 35 70
    Round 2 3 4 3 3 4 3 3 3 5 31 4 3 6 4 2 3 5 5 4 36 67