DEFENDING champion Adam Scott is just one stroke off the leaders after the first round of the 2011 Valero Texas Open.
Coming off his runner-up finish at the Masters Scott shot a four-under 68 behind joint leaders J.J. Henry and former British Open Champion Stewart Cink.
Geoff Ogilvy was on three-under tied for 8th, followed by fellow Aussies Aron Price (70), John Senden and Michael Sim on one-under and Steve Elkington even.
The day’s spotlight was unfortunately on Kevin Na who almost set a PGA Tour record with a 16 on the par-4 ninth.
Na, who finished 4-under on the other 17 holes, watched his first shot on the 9th veer badly off course. The next wasn’t any better and it just got worse.
“I got done with the hole and I said (to my caddie), ‘I think I made somewhere between a 10 and a 15,” Na said. “But I think it’s close to a 15.” The final count was 16, not quite enough to beat John Daly, who had an 18 on the par-5 sixth hole at Bay Hill in 1998.
Ogilvy and Scott were in the group following Na and watched the whole sorry saga unfold.
“There’s some rocks in there and some pretty nasty stuff,” Ogilvy said of the 474-yard ninth. “You don’t have to do a whole lot wrong to have three or four attempts to try and get it out. It becomes a comedy of errors sometimes.”
Australian Television Times
The 2011 Valero Texas Open is being telecast on Fox Sports:
Saturday 2nd Round 5am to 8am
Sunday 3rd Round 5am to 8am
Monday 4th Round 5am to 8am