But none of the leaders had the low round of the day. That goes to Ryan Moore with a 61. After a mediocre 72 in the opening round, Moore teed off at 9:40 a.m. on Friday with Paul Goydos and amateurs Randy Niederbrach and Pete Knoll. Niederbrach carries a 12 handicap; Noll is a 16.
Moore started out like he was going to put up another 72. He parred the 1st and then made consecutive bogeys. Then he kind of got it going. The Tacoma, Washington, native and former UNLV star played the next 14 holes in 13 under par. That torrid stretch included an eagle at the 4th, six straight birdies on holes 6 through 11, and five consecutive birdies on 13 through 17.
Wouldn’t you love to be at the 19th hole and have someone ask, “How’d you do out there today?”
“I had a 61.”
Then your buddy chimes in, “And he had two bogeys.”
Actually, a conversation like that probably took place this afternoon at La Quinta. Not only did Moore have two bogeys, he had two amateurs. Boy, their eyes must have been popping out of their sockets.
−The Armchair Golfer