Tiger Woods hardly missed a fairway, a big improvement. Luke Donald hardly missed a putt, and that was far more rewarding yesterday at the Memorial in Dublin, Ohio.
Donald set a tournament record by taking only 20 putts, which allowed him to tie a tournament record by opening with an 8-under 64 and a three-shot lead over a group that included Jim Furyk and Jason Day, who bogeyed his last two holes.
What seemed like a normal round at Muirfield Village turned extraordinary for Donald when he rapped in a 12-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the par-3 eighth hole, starting a streak of six consecutive birdies. He one-putted nine straight holes until a routine par on the 18th hole to match the lowest opening round at the Memorial.
"That doesn't happen very often," Donald said.
Woods missed an 8-foot par putt on the final hole, and his other bogey came on a three-putt at the 13th. He had to settle for a 69, and few complaints.
"Everything felt pretty good to some degree," Woods said. "My swing felt good. Even my putting stroke felt good. A couple of bad pitches here and there, but overall, I felt like I controlled the ball well all day. With the wind blowing like this, you have to hit it flush. I did that all day. I didn't miss any shots."
In other golf news:* Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead with fellow South Korean Jee Young Lee in the State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill. Kraft Nabisco winner Brittany Lincicome was in danger of missing the cut after opening with a 75.
* Michael Deo, of High Bridge Hills, shot closing rounds of 75 and 73 to win the 108th New Jersey State Golf Association Amateur Championship in Chatham.
* Ronald "Tex" Cauthen, a Hall of Fame farrier whose son, Steve, won the Triple Crown aboard Affirmed in 1978, died at 77.
* Gina Guide won gold in her division at the U.S. National Weightlifting Championships, her first competition since being injured in a car accident more than a year ago. *
* The lawyer for
Karen Cunagin Sypher
, accused of trying to extort millions from Louisville men's basketball coach
, has asked a federal judge to delay her trial. Prosecutors have until June 17 to respond.
* Michelle Marks, a Syracuse grad who was a two-time Mid-East Region All-America and two-time All-Big East selection, has been named head field hockey coach at La Salle.