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1997 Mercedes Championships - Saturday Notes
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  • Tiger Effect: While Tiger was teeing off on #4 surrounded by hundreds, Tom Lehman was reaching the green on #2, leading the tournament, with only about 80 people following him.

  • Both, Tiger Woods and Davis Love III eagled #2. Tiger had a 4-iron second shot to 12 feet. A few minutes earlier Fred Couples had a full 3-wood second that missed the green left (ended up making par).

  • Shot of the Day: Again on #17. Tiger Woods hit a 3-wood second shot that carried 255 yards, over the left greenside bunker, that ended up in the back left portion of the green (260 yards total). From there (30 feet) he comfortably two-putted for birdie. He's the first player to ever reach this green in 2 shots. The 17th hole at La Costa is 569 yards long, and usually into the wind.

  • More Tiger: He birdied the last four holes, 15th through 18th, considered in the PGA Tour as the "longest mile". Last one to birdie all 4 was Curtis Strange, who this year is sitting in the booth for ABC Sports.

  • Even More Tiger: He had the low round of the day (65) by 3 shots (Michael Bradley, Tim Herron, and Steve Jones shot 68). His 65 included one eagle, seven birdies and two bogeys (see scorecard below).

  • Excerpts from the post-round press conferences:

    • Tiger Woods: He summarized his day as an "up and down" day. The 2 bogeys (#12 and #13) woke him up. He's overall happy with his game right now. Having Butch (Harmon) working with him before and after each round is helping a lot. He went for the green on #17 because his ball was clean (no mud), otherwise he would've layed up. The last 4 holes played easier today because of the lack of wind, and the warmer temperature made the ball fly farther. Tomorrow it may end up being a match-play competition after nine holes. There are players 5 or 6 shots back who can fire a good round and catch them.

    • Tom Lehman: He's not sure whether he's the underdog tomorrow or not. He welcomes the challenge. If he plays well and get beaten anyway it'll mean that there's a new kid on the block that can beat everyone else. As far as match-play is concerned, he's up to it. (N.E.: His Ryder Cup record is 2-1).

  • 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
    Round 3 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 6 36 4 3 5 3 2 4 4 5 3 33 69

  • 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
    Round 3 4 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 5 32 3 3 6 5 3 3 3 4 3 33 65