Goosen leads Grand Slam, Woods one stroke behind
Wednesday, November 21, 2001
POIPU BEACH, Hawaii -- Masters champion Tiger Woods didn't shoot his best golf Tuesday, but still managed to play himself into contention for his fourth consecutive PGA Grand Slam of Golf title.
U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen shot a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Woods in the 36-hole tournament that features the winners of all four major championships.
"I'm very happy to shoot what I shot today because I was not driving the golf ball the way I need to drive it," Woods said. "To end up 5-under par, I'm pretty happy with that."
PGA champion David Toms shot a 68, and British Open winner David Duval took himself out of contention early with a pair of double-bogeys on the front nine to finish at 76.
Woods made an initial run to defend his title again with birdies on the first two holes at the 7,053-yard oceanside course. Goosen responded with birdies on three of the next four holes and then checking in with an eagle-3 on the 573-yard sixth by chipping in from 28 yards.
Goosen reached the turn at 5-under-31 with Toms, who birdied the seventh through ninth.
Toms, however, double-bogeyed the par-3 11th -- and coupled with Woods' birdie at the 10th -- to fall into third place. He inched back into second with consecutive birdies on the 14th and 15th, but then bogeyed the 17th.
"At the (11th), I was 5-under par for the day and going pretty good," Toms said. "And to have that happen just kind of slows you down. I was able recover, and unfortunately made a bad swing on 17 and made bogey there."
Toms said he was pleased with his first round at Poipu Bay Golf Course.
"I thought I played it pretty well, and to have a chance going into tomorrow, I guess that's really all I could ask for," he said.
Goosen held steady on the back nine, with a birdie on the 537-yard 14th and pars on the rest of the holes.