Round 1 of the St. Jude Classic

Lee Westwood was making my predictions looking pretty good after the first round.  He was making a lot of his birdie putts and one eagle.  He was looking for the course record but he par out his final holes.  Hopefully tomorrow he can keep making those birdie putts.

Padraig Harrington played a good round as well in his first tournament since the Players with no bogeys and 5 birdies.  He is hitting his driver very well and putting himself in good position to make birdies.  Tomorrow he just needs to keep doing what he did today.

Ian Poulter started his day playing well shooting -3 on the front 9, but things change for the worst on the back 9 with bogeys on 12, 14, 15 and on 16 he lipped out a 2 ft putt for par for another bogey.  He is not making good second shots that is leaving him with long birdie putts.  Tomorrow he is going to need to control his second shot and work on making some putts.

Rory McIlroy could not make a birdie till the 16th hole.  He pared his first 15 holes and is at -1 for the day.  He needs to settle down and start making better shots.  He is one of the better putters on tour and if he can start hitting his second shot on the green, then I believe that he will start to make a push at the leaders.

Camilo Villegas is at +1 with one birdie and two bogeys for the today.  His bogeys came on 14 and 15 which have been trouble for most of the field.  I know that I said that he is the best ball striker playing his week, but he is not playing like is now.  Tomorrow he is going to need to play with a little fire if he wants to be on that leader board come Sunday.

Brian Hradsky

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