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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, March 10, 2006

Honda's a breeze to 4 tied for lead

Associated Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. Gusty winds sent 8-iron shots flying 245 yards, while some 4-irons struggled to go 185. The breezes had a few balls fluttering on the slick greens and most of the players couldn't break par.

Indeed, yesterday's opening round of the Honda Classic at the Country Club of Mirasol had almost everything.

David Toms made five straight birdies to highlight his 5-under round of 67, and he shared the first-round lead with Geoff Ogilvy, Ryuji Imada and Mathias Gronberg the seventh alternate.

"There are some good scores today, even with the conditions," Toms said. "Somebody is always going to play well, no matter who is in the field."

Southeast winds from 15 to 25 mph, with higher gusts, began blowing early and strengthened steadily before dissipating some by day's end. The average score was 74.28 the highest first-round mark on tour this year, and three players couldn't play their final hole because of darkness.

Defending champion Padraig Harrington battled to a 71 and was in a group of 11, which included Hawai'i's Dean Wilson, a Castle High alum.