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At the Tournament of Champions, low numbers abound for most of the field, as the greens continue to be very soft and receptive, and the winds have yet to pick up at Kapalua.

Robert Garrigus Leads

Robert Garrigus has a one shot lead at -14 over steady Carl Pettersson. Garrigus shot an amazing 63, which is -10 on the par-73 track at Kapaula.  His back nine was completed in 31 shots, six under the par of 37 for that side.  Garrigus hit ALL of his greens in regulation and had a putts per green in regulation of 1.556.  Both stats are truly off the charts.

Bubba Watson Shot Encore

Bubba Watson hit the same shot he hit yesterday on #18, but was a few yards farther out. He hit driver off the deck for his 2nd shot again, carving it with the shape of the hole and nearly reaching the green again from roughly 315 yards. Despite a less-than-stellar chip, Bubba still made birdie. He’s -3 for #18 in two days so far.

Camilo Villegas Disqualified

While watching the first round live, I remember the shot Camilo Villegas hit from a divot. The ball rolled up the hill close to the green, stopped, then rolled back down to him. While the ball was rolling back to him, he brushed away some loose pieces of grass and dirt from his divot. I thought it was odd that he’d mess with the ground while the ball was rolling right toward him. The ball rolled right over, if not within inches of where he brushed away the loose impediments.

By rule, that action is illegal. Villegas did not penalize himself for moving loose impediments which could effect a ball in motion. By not penalizing himself, he turned in an incorrect scorecard and was disqualified. Ouch. Tough thing to have to swallow on your 29th birthday.  That birthday present was delivered by a fan who called in the violation.

Hyundai Tournament Of Champions Leaderboard
1 R. Garrigus F (-10) -14
2 C. Pettersson F (-6) -13
3 J. Byrd F (-5) -12
T4 E. Els F (-9) -10
T4 S. Stricker F (-6) -10
T4 F. Molinari F (-6) -10
T4 J. Furyk F (-5) -10
T8 D. Johnson F (-7) -9
T8 B. Crane F (-3) -9
T10 I. Poulter F (-5) -8
T10 B. Lunde F (-5) -8
T10 B. Haas F (-3) -8
T13 J. Day F (-7) -7
T13 G. McDowell F (-5) -7
T13 M. Kuchar F (-3) -7

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