PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Steve Elkington plopped a double bogey into an otherwise flawless performance Thursday but still shot a six-under-par 66 for the first-round lead at The Players Championship.
Elkington was a stroke ahead of Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia, Fuzzy Zoeller, David Edwards and Russ Cochran on a day when hitting fairways meant making birdies.
And missing them meant disaster.
"I had one bad hole," said Elkington, who played the back nine first and hit 12 of 14 fairways. "I hit it into the water in No. 18." He pulled a two-iron second shot from 220 yards into the hazard.
With all of the world's top 50 players chasing the $630,000 first prize, it was perhaps no surprise that the snarl at the top of the leader board was as thick as the tangled rough on the Stadium Course at the TPC.