So much for home course advantage at the U.S. Senior Open. After the first round of the tournament the Oak Tree Gang all find themselves over par. Gil Morgan's one over 72 the low score with Bob Tway and Willie Wood at three over while Scott Verplank's Champion's Tour debut resulted in a four over 75. Before we think all is lost there are reason's for the way day one played out. For instance, when it comes to Verplank the issues that have plagued his career continued to derail him in Thursday's round. "I'm just injured," said Verplank. "I'm hitting shots like I'm hurt still. I don't feel horrible but unfortunately I've been doing that for two years. I was sure hoping all the hard work I put in was going to be better but it wasn't" Verplank's wrist injuries have been well documented and it appeared that his poor play began to frustrate the former OSU Cowboy. Even when health is not an issue playing on your home course is not an automatic recipe to play well as Bob Tway discussed after his round.
"It was difficult day. It felt like a U.S. Open," said Tway. "We don't play the golf course when it gets like this. When the wind starts blowing we go inside and drink ice tea. It was a very strange wind. We don't get that many easterly winds It did the same thing in the1988 PGA but not quite this hard."
Colin Montgomerie found the course just fine on his way to making eight birdies and firing a 6 under 65 to lead the tournament by one shot over Marco Dawson.