Tiger Woods delivered a few memorable shots yesterday at the Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte, N.C., just not the kind he had in mind.
He hit a tee shot into the water on the par-3 17th that produced little reaction except to hold out his hand for another ball. He hit his next tee shot into the water and had to scramble for bogey. And he wound up with a 2-over-par 74 that left him nine shots behind Bo Van Pelt and ended his streak of 21 rounds at par or better.
“I hit a bunch of balls left, I hit a bunch of balls right, hit a few down the middle,’’ Woods said of his first tournament round since the Masters. “And that was about it.’’
Phil Mickelson had a severe stomach ailment that forced him to withdraw from the pro-am Wednesday, and he started feeling it when he climbed the steep hill to the 15th green yesterday. He two-putted for birdie to reach 4 under, only to three-putt from the fringe on the 17th and made another bogey from the trees on the 18th for a 70.
“I may have run out of energy there toward the end, but I hit some good shots and was able to shoot a decent round,’’ Mickelson said.
Kenny Perry shot a 66, Camilo Villegas played bogey-free for a 67, while the group at 68 included former US Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, Monday qualifier Billy Mayfair, and Brad Faxon, who has made only two cuts this year while spending time working for NBC Sports.
LPGA — Ai Miyazato, who won the first two events of the season, shot a 10-under 63, the best round of her career in relation to par, to take the first-round lead in the Tres Marias Championship in Morelia, Mexico.
Spanish rookie Azahara Munoz opened with a 65, and top-ranked Lorena Ochoa, who will retire after the tournament, matched Michelle Wie with a 66.
Miyazato had 10 birdies in her bogey-free round.
Ochoa asked to be paired with Miyazato and ex-University of Arizona teammate Natalie Gulbis in the first two rounds. Ochoa grew up in junior golf with Gulbis and called Miyazato “the nicest girl on the tour.’’
“I have played with her so many times since I have been on the tour, but today was really special,’’ Miyazato said. “Natalie and Lorena were really relaxed, so they had an effect on me and I played really relaxed.’’
European — Argenatine Ricardo Gonzalez set the pace in the first round of the Open De Espana in Seville, Spain, with a 7-under 65.
European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie was set to open with a 2-under 70 until he three-putted the ninth, his last hold of the day. The Scot’s concentration was broken by loud pop music from the nearby tented village and, although he was told it had been turned down, he vented his fury on tournament director Miguel Vidaor.
“Should never have happened in the first place,’’ shouted Montgomerie, before adding with an expletive deleted: “Is this a party or a golf tournament?’’