Rocco Mediate fired a 7-under-par 64 to pace the 132-player
field in the opening round of the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf
Club in San Martin on Thursday.
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SAN MARTIN – Rocco Mediate found the link that had been missing from his golf game.
“It’s all been putting for me lately. It’s just been destroying me,” the 47-year-old tour veteran said. “Today it was just working. If there’s such a thing as easy, today was easy.”
Mediate fired a 7-under-par 64 to pace the 132-player field in the opening round of the Frys.com Open at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin on Thursday.
“I had fun out there. I don’t care what day it is. It’s still fun for me,” Mediate said.
Mediate didn’t need his putter on the par-3 third, stroking a six-iron on the 190-yard hole for a hole in one.
“That made it a lot easier,” he said.
Bo Van Pelt, Ryuji Imada and Paul Goydos all carded 65s early in the day and sit in a three-way tie for second.
Four players are bunched in a tie for fifth at 5-under.
The tournament’s defending champion, Troy Matteson, shot a 1-over 72 and is in a tie for 70th.
The two golfers whom Matteson beat out in a three-person playoff at last season’s Frys.com Open, Ryder Cup captains pick, Rickie Fowler, and Jaime Lovemark, signed off on scores of 69 and 68, respectively.
Other notables: Tim Clark (68), David Duval (68), Tom Lehman (68), Justin Leonard (69), John Daly (70).
Name. Thurs. Total
1. Rocco Mediate -7 64
T2. Bo Van Pelt -6 65
T2. Ryuji Imada -6 65
T2. Paul Goydos -6 65
T5. John Mallinger -5 66
T5. Michael Letzig -5 66
T5. Will MacKenzie -5 66
T5. Shaun Micheel -5 66
Five players tied -4