PALM BEACH GARDENS, FLA — PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- A three-club wind rocked players, produced some ridiculous scores and turned the first round of the PGA Seniors Championship into a golfing horror show yesterday.
Gary Player and Larry Ziegler, each with a 69, were the only players to break 70. The average score was slightly more than 78, and more than one-third of the field shot 80 and up in winds that the National Weather Service said gusted to 30 mph.
Players -- and the scores -- tended to disagree with that figure, however.
"It was survival out there," Lee Trevino said.
"Very, very difficult," said Player, adding that he could recall only two instances in his 36-year career in which winds were more severe.
"With these winds and a golf course this tough, you could have a 10-shot lead and could lose the golf tournament very easily," said Player, a three-time winner of this title.
"I'm just thankful to be through with it," said Dick Hendrickson, 6 feet 7, 280 pounds. "The wind didn't move me around much, but I don't know how somebody like Chi Chi [Rodriguez] could play."
Rodriguez, 135 pounds, played fine, thank you.
He and Doug Dalziel, who got into the 144-man tournament field as the second alternate, were tied with Hendrickson at 70.
"The wind was never in your face; always blowing sideways," Rodriguez said, but made it clear he was not complaining. "Hey, pards, the amateurs have to pay to play golf," he said. "I play golf and get paid for it. I'm a lucky man."
MCI Heritage Classic
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Davis Love III was up, down and all around the Harbour Town Golf Links.
But when the first round was done, Love was up front by on
stroke with a 4-under-par 67 that included two eagles, three birdies and three bogeys.
"It's hard to describe my round without using four-letter words," said Love, trying to become only the second player to win the Heritage two straight years. "It was up and down. I guess that would be a nice way to put it. I hit some of the worst shots I've hit all year, and I still shot 4-under."
SEGA Women's Championship
STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. -- Angie Ridgeway, 27, a rookie, shot an 8-under-par 64 to hold a three-shot lead after the first round.