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Fore, Day 1
June 13, 2008 - Mike Mathison
It should come as no surprise the two hardest holes at Torrey Pines after the first round of the U.S. Open are the par 4 12th and 6th holes.
The sixth is a par 5 usually and the USGA turned it into a beast of a par 4 for its yearly challenge.
The 12th is just plain hard on a daily basis, playing about 500 yards and into the wind.
Those two were followed by three other par 4s -- Nos. 14, 1 and 7.
Discounting the sixth hole, on the other four par 4s, there were: no eagles, 27 birdies, 316 pars, 237 bogies, 38 doubles and four of the dreaded others.
The only two holes that played under par, as expected, were the par 5 18th and 13th holes, with the par 5 9th hole playing just over par.
The touring pros who thought the layout would be similar to the annual romp through the Buick Open at Torrey Pines in February are completely wrong.
Life will not get any easier for the guys.
Don't get me wrong, birdies can be made out there, but hitting it in the rough means guys will have to take their medicne and go about life -- which is easier said than done.
Expect the 'no-names' on the leaderboard to be gone midway through Saturday's round and watch the 'names' battle it out along the Pacific Ocean.
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