Live Blog: Round 1 at the Memorial Tournament

Golf Magazine's Mike Walker live blogged the first round of the Memorial Tournament. Leaderboard | Course Profile: Muirfield Village | TV Schedule 6:20 p.m. The Golf Channel is staying with Woods until his round is over, but that's it for me. Thanks to everyone who read and commented today. Farrell Evans will be here at 3 p.m. on Friday. Should be a good one. 6:19 p.m. Nice par save from Fowler (5-under) on 13; Woods opts to lag on 11 and he should make par. 6:14 p.m. Stricker (1-over) sticks a wedge close on 11, playing partner Woods (even) is not so close. 6:12 p.m. Woods lays up with his second shot on the par-5 11th. No trouble. He'll have a wedge in. 6:10 p.m. If you can tell the difference between baked Cheetos and regular Cheetos, you've got sharper taste buds than I do.

6:08 p.m. Another par for Fowler on 12. Here are Fowler's stats so far via the PGA Tour: Fowler has hit a steady rhythm now. GIR% today is 75% Driving Accuracy is 88% Putts per GIR is 1.444. He is T2 at 5-under. 6:07 p.m. Woods bombs one into the trees right on the par-5 11th. No chance to reach in two. 6:02 p.m. Another birdie for Woods on 10, now even par. He made a nice fairway bunker approach and a pure stroke. We're going to have extended coverage on the Live Blog since Woods heating up and things are getting a little chippy between Gary McCord and Nick Faldo. Not really, but Faldo's know-it-all act sounds like it's getting to McCord just a little bit. 5:59 p.m. Rickie Fowler makes par on 11, still 5-under. 5:55 p.m.'s Stephanie Wei got an invitation to St. Andrews after her guest spot on the Live Blog today.

I linked to your blog from and saw that you are trying to raise funds to attend the US Open. If
you’d like to use that money for a much more interesting trip you could
join me and some friends who are  going to St. Andrews for the British
Open. I spent some time at the university there and have friends who
still live in town and have offered up a place to stay. If you can get
over there (my total travel costs, plane from Philly to Glasgow and
train to St. Andrews, totaled around $1200) you’re welcome to join us.
5:51 p.m. 5:47 p.m. His first birdie-less front nine at ANY tournament since 2005!? That can't really be true, can it?
Yeah, that would be ridiculous. It must have been just the Memorial, but I'll get the Live Blog research staff working on it. UPDATE: Research staff says the stat is just for the Memorial. Sorry about that.
5:43 p.m. 5:42 p.m. 5:39 p.m. A great change of pace, for one. New courses, new towns, you know, new
holes to screw up. I'm tired of screwing up the same holes every year.
5:35 p.m. 5:33 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 5:27 p.m. TIGER SUCKS. 5:25 p.m. 5:23 p.m. I'm not an OSU guy,
but I am a Big Ten guy (Illinois -- go Steve!). I believe the "the" is
because of the rivalry with Ohio University. Both schools are
state-supported and vie for being considered the "official" university
that represents the state.
Thanks, MikeZ. Always wondered about that. 5:20 p.m. 5:16 p.m. 5:11 p.m. Q. When you got the news about the U.S. Open yesterday, were you surprised? VIJAY SINGH: At first they said no. Then I said, okay, that's fine. Then I think they read Jeff Rude -- where is he? Q. He's not here this week. VIJAY SINGH: I want to thank
him for his comments on that. Then I think they went back and they all
said go, you know. It was a relief. I was hoping for an invite. If I
really wanted to play the U.S. Open, I wanted to play well in Texas and
move up my rankings.

5:09 p.m. It feels like they've been promoting that Adam Sandler-Kevin James movie for the last 18 months. 5:08 p.m. Woods (2-over) has a short-iron into the par-5 fifth and gives himself a makeable look at birdie. 5:04 p.m. Reader Milind Sanghavi loved the skins game yesterday, but not the TV commentary. I enjoyed the skins
game yesterday but certainly felt that the commentators spoke too much.
I am sorry with these great guys all miked-up there should have been
minimal commentary.  
 Just as an example on the 2nd/3rd hole Phil hit iron off
thew tee and wood off the fairway and Nicklaus walked up to him and
said wow "I would have thought it would be reverse. why did you do
that?" and just as Phil started answering the box guys started talking.
Come ON GUYS !! :
I hear you, but I'm generally a fan of the Golf Channel's live coverage. Everybody's getting used to miked-up players, but when Jack's talking to Phil, that's when you want to be quiet. Knowing when not to speak is probably the most unappreciated skill of a broadcaster.

5:02 p.m. Solid day for Jim Furyk and Sean O'Hair, both in clubhouse with 4-under 68s.
5:00 p.m. 4:57 p.m. 4:55 p.m. 4:50 p.m. he once had a "try out" with the Toledo Mud Hens I don't know what to say. We all make mistakes. It happens. I know that that feels terrible. We all make mistakes. 4:46 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 4:42 p.m. 4:40 p.m. 4:39 p.m. "The biggest mistake he made all day was wearing black boxers under his white trousers." 4:35 p.m. 4:31 p.m.

High-level Tiger swing analysis between Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus. Jack says, "I believe the golf game is played with the clubhead and [Tiger] has got to think in terms of what the clubhead is doing in the swing." Jack adds, "He's the best I've ever seen at posting a score when he's playing poorly.

4:30 p.m. 4:27 p.m. Seems like Tiger's missing more with his irons then with his woods. Just an observation.
I've always said that the Live Blog has the smartest and most-insightful readers on the web. The writers? Not as much.
4:25 p.m. 4:23 p.m. 4:20 p.m. Kevin Barton isn't joining my campaign to abolish the pro-am. Loved
watching the skins game last night, but I think the format only works
at marquee events where the top players show up. I don't have much
interest watching Jason Bohn win a skin over Matt Kuchar, for instance.
But if you have the star power in the format it sure does shine.
Good point, Kevin. I'd add that the Bohn-Kuchar match-up is a tough sell on Sunday too. 4:17 p.m. 4:16 p.m. 4:15 p.m. 4:12 p.m. 4:11 p.m. I hope they don't
get rid of pro-ams before I have a chance to play in one :-). To be
fair, I think playing golf *with* Phil Mickelson would be a bit more
fun than playing basketball *against* Kobe Bryant...
True enough, Christian. Maybe you should guard Derek Fisher instead.
4:07 p.m.
4:06 p.m. She's right 4:04 p.m. 4:03 p.m. 4:01 p.m. 4 p.m. 3:59 p.m. 3:58 p.m. 3:56 p.m. 3:51 p.m. The Wall Street Journal website
I had the worst year I’d ever had playing golf in ’79, but I think I
would have been selected. And the same thing with Tiger. I don’t think
there’s any reason why Tiger should be left off the team, even if he
didn’t play well — just for his leadership ability.
3:46 p.m. twitter Justin
Rose is the early leader at the Memorial after a 65. Good omen for
England in the World Cup? Nah, they'll lose on penalties again.
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