It's going to be a day for low scoring at The Barclays, since there's no wind, greens are soft, and lift, clean, and place rules are in effect. As long as a player's ball is in the fairway, he's able to mark it, wipe any mud off, then place it back in the fairway.
Ryan Palmer birdied his first five holes and is the early first-round leader at 6 under, two shots in front of Chad Collins, Josh Teater, and Brian Gay. Tiger Woods had held the lead for a good portion of his round, but just bogeyed the 12th hole to fall to 3 under. He's tied for fifth, three strokes back.
Woods has gotten off to the strong start because he's kept the ball in play. Hitting mostly 3-woods off the tee, Woods has hit 9 of 10 fairways, and was putting for birdie on his first 10 holes, converting four. He's pulled his approach shots on his last two holes; he saved par on No. 11, but couldn't get up-and-down from a greenside bunker on the 12th.