THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DIVOT
Phil Mickelson arrived in gangster pants; two birdies out of the box forgave the look. Camera crews followed him through the trees; wreck route after wreck route, he escaped the laws of fairways and greens until the seventh. A shaded deep grass lie, train whistles, and a gallery just off of their medication, took down his red numbers. An opening 71 hardly discouraged the world’s number two player.
Last week’s runner up, Jeff Overton, threatened his putter to a week in a rental bag at a low-end resort. It worked. After seven straight pars, Overton made seven birdies in eleven holes, leaving him tied for the lead at 63 with early starter John Bohn. Jet noises from nearby Carswell Air Force Base and a wondering gallery never punctured Bohn’s concentration.
Aching, puffed but determined, Brian Davis disregarded an abscessed tooth on the way to an impressive 64. A late day interviewer cut it short, pain and a dental appointment as the reason. Brian’s 7:30 tee time on Friday exposed the golf-gods sense of humor.