The TPC Southwind and gusty wind gave anyone wanting a tuneup for next week's US Open a grinding preview yesterday in Memphis.
With only seven players breaking par, Adam Scott survived a rough start to shoot 3-under-par 67 for a share of the lead with Fredrik Jacobson in the toughest opening round ever in the Stanford St. Jude Championship.
Last year, 24 players finished under par in the first round. Scott and Jacobson had the highest leading first-round score since Fuzzy Zoeller's 2-under 70 in 1986.
But this course is so much more difficult thanks to a redesign after David Toms won in 2004 at 16 under. The 7,239-yard layout is so hard that only Winged Foot, site of last year's US Open, ranked tougher on the PGA Tour in 2006.
Scott, ranked fourth in the world and the Shell Houston Open winner the week before the Masters, said it wasn't that surprising.
"The greens are tricky, not very big, and the pins were in quite difficult positions," said Scott, who had a double bogey, bogey, eagle, and four birdies. "So add the wind into that, you've got a tough day."
Jacobson took advantage of calmer conditions in the second threesome off No. 10. He had five birdies and two bogeys.
"Anybody that shoots under par today will be really happy with where they are at the moment, and I feel that I'm right where I want to be," Jacobson said.
A hot day that felt like it was 98 even with the wind only got worse with steady breezes gusting to 32 miles per hour.
Retief Goosen and Brian Gay opened with 68s, and Scott Verplank, Gavin Coles, and Duffy Waldorf shot 69s. John Daly, playing on a sponsor's exemption, was in group at even-par 70.
"It was really US Open-type stuff," Verplank said. "Par was a good score on every hole. The conditions were so difficult with the wind blowing like that. [I'm] very happy to shoot under par."
Daly, who has withdrawn from three events this year, could have disintegrated after a triple bogey on No. 12, where he hit into the lake twice. But he holed out from 53 feet from a greenside bunker on the par-3 14th -- one of five straight birdies that got him to 2 under. He bogeyed twice on his back nine to fall back.
"It's survival today. You never could get going because every hole is impossible," Daly said. "There's only two holes downwind, the other holes are crosswinds."
European -- Graeme Storm shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the BA-CA Open in Oberwaltersdorf, Austria.
The Englishman had six birdies, plus an eagle on the 18th, to lead Swede Martin Erlandsson (64). After an early bogey, Erlandsson had five consecutive birdies.
Patrik Sjoland, Shaun Webster, and Tom Whitehouse shared third place with 65s. Lee Westwood (66) had three birdies on his first five holes. Colin Montgomerie, who had a double bogey on the par-3 seventh hole, finished at 73. Darren Clarke (73) had a double bogey on the 17th.
"It is unusual to be disappointed about a 66 -- but I am," Westwood said. "I was really disturbed by people taking pictures all the time and children playing around. They made it hard to concentrate and I missed some silly shots."