Tiger Woods was waiting on the edge of the 10th green yesterday when an approach shot from Charley Hoffman whizzed by his head and missed him by about a yard. Woods was about the only one who dodged illness or injury in the first round of the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.
Phil Mickelson withdrew after 11 holes because of an injury to his left wrist, which he suspects happened at Oakmont earlier this week as he practiced chipping out of the deep rough while preparing for the US Open.
"I couldn't grab the club and I couldn't swing," Mickelson said.
Masters champion Zach Johnson had to stop after 15 holes with strep throat.
"Sorry, guys, I can't talk," he hoarsely whispered.
Leading the way was Sean O'Hair, who managed a 7-under-par 65 and was tied with the Australian duo of Rod Pampling and Nick O'Hern.
For those who anticipated a duel between Mickelson and Woods, that ended before the world's No. 1 player even got to the practice range. Mickelson felt the first sting after a wedge on the second hole, and he had a massage therapist holding and rubbing his hand on the back nine until he hit another wedge out of divot on the 11th.
"I'll take a couple days off, see if I can ice it, and get it ready for the Open," he said. "I'll go have somebody take a look at it."
Woods's biggest rival turned out to be par on a day in which nearly half the field broke par. He was headed in that direction after a beautiful shot from a fairway bunker and over the pond to 10 feet for birdie on the sixth hole, his third in four holes, to reach 3 under.
But he made bogey with a wedge in his hand on the next hole, added a few other sloppy mistakes, and needed a late birdie for 70.
European -- Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie and eight others were tied for the lead at 4-under 65 after the first round of the Wales Open in Newport.
Two more Scots, Gary Orr and Steven O'Hara, shared the lead with Paul Broadhurst, Brett Rumford, Ricardo Gonzalez, Soren Kjeldsen, Steve Alker, and Jose Manuel Lara.
A group of 13 players at 66 included 2005 US Open champion Michael Campbell and Welsh hope Bradley Dredge. Two-time US Open champ Retief Goosen birdied his last hole for a 1-over 70.