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Quick update for everyone.

Brent Geiberger, John Rollins and Nick Watney share the lead at 8-under par after the opening round of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro. Sixty-seven players sit within five shots of the lead.
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Brent Geiberger finds himself in the same spot he was two years ago -- fighting to keep his PGA TOUR playing card.

Sitting at 144th on the money list, Geiberger needs a good week and was off to a great start on Thursday in the first round of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

Geiberger, along with John Rollins and Nick Watney, each shot 8-under-par 64 to share the lead midway through the first round.

With scoring conditions outstanding at Forest Oaks Country Club, players took dead aim. With temperatures in the low 80s and no wind, the players in the early wave had no complaints.

Sitting two shots behind Geiberger, Rollins and Watney are John Senden, Robert Gamez, Tag Ridings, James Driscoll, Charley Hoffman and Mike Sposa, who all shot 66. Ridings was tied for the lead but a double bogey on No. 18 put him two shots out of the lead. Among the several players who shot 67 included Joe Durant, Jonathan Byrd, defending champion K.J. Choi and Tim Clark.

Geiberger, the 2004 Chrysler Classic of Greensboro champion, certainly likes the feel of the Davis Love III-redesigned course.

“I had been making some good progress of late, making some cuts, so I feel comfortable out here,” said Geiberger, who had his low round of an otherwise forgettable season.

Back in 2004, Geiberger came here fighting to keep his card, but got hot with his putter. With the season winding down, he wouldn’t mind getting another win and another two-year exemption.

“I played solid today,” he said. “I think I missed a short birdie putt from about four feet and got a little (ticked) off. But I made sure I did something the rest of the way. It was nice to be able to put that kind of round together.”

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Congrats to Love, after a huge winless streak (which had to be on his mind) he came out victorious! :thumbsup:

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- With a chance to win on a course he redesigned, Davis Love III wasn’t going to be denied.
Love ended a streak of 76 winless starts by shooting a 6-under-par 66 on Sunday to win the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro at Forest Oaks Country Club by two shots. Love’s 16-under 272 was good enough to win his 19th PGA TOUR title and first since the 2003 INTERNATIONAL.

“I’ve heard that Tar Heel chant so many times in North Carolina and haven’t pulled it off,” said Love, who was born in Charlotte and attended the University of North Carolina in the early 1980s. “It really makes me feel good to win in my home state… This tournament has always been good to me and it feels great to win, especially after so long.”

Love beat Jason Bohn (66) by two shots and Eric Axley (67) and Steve Flesch (68) by three shots.

In 2003 Love’s company completely redesigned the 7,333-yard layout but Love hadn’t fared too well in previous years. He missed the cut in 2003 and ’04 and last year withdrew early in the week citing fatigue from playing on the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

In Case You Missed It: Davis Love III on No. 10

This year, however, he came refreshed after taking five weeks off. And his goal was to win to get into position to make The TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola. With $900,000 for the win he moves from 39th on the money list to 15th.

“I’ve had a lot of chances to win,” Love said about his winless streak, “but it really feels good to go ahead and pull it off especially on this golf course, at this club and in this state.”

Love, 42, made his move with birdies on 13 and 14. When he birdied 14 he had the lead outright and wasn’t about to give it up.

Love’s longtime caddie, John “Cubby” Burke said that during the dry spell neither he nor Love lost faith.

“A player of his caliber, it can happen any week,” Burke said. “He just hit the ball well and did everything well.”

Love has had his chances to win, including last year’s PGA Championship. He had fallen to 26th in the world rankings and said that earlier this year as he grinded away to try and make the Ryder Cup team it took a big toll.

“It’s just a matter of time with a player like Davis,” Burke said. “There are a lot of injuries he had to battle through and you don’t hear about that with Davis because he never complains. He reminds me of a hockey player who gets to the bench because he’s hurt, you don’t hear him.”

Love has had back and neck pain for several years, but it’s something he has been used to dealing with.

During the early parts of this season he was constantly looking at leaderboards worrying about what everyone else was doing. But with work from Dr. Bob Rotella, the noted sports psychologist, Love barely looked at the leaderboard yesterday.

“I made making that (Ryder Cup) team such a big deal, it took over my golfing life,” said Love, who didn’t make the team on points and wasn’t a captain’s pick by Tom Lehman. “I made it too big of a deal.”

By getting back to the basics of just playing golf, Love says that it was just a matter of time before he made all the right moves.

“This is special,” Love said about winning the same tournament he did in 1992 when he fired a final round 62. “How many times I’ve been close. But I’ve have a bad round here or there or something went wrong so to win this way and on this course is a big deal to me.”

One of the things that were similar to Love’s win yesterday and in 1992 was the weather. It was a gray, overcast day in 1992 when he holed out from the bunker twice on his way to the course-record 62.

“I knew there were some birdies out there and I knew the course wasn’t sloppy,” he said about Sunday’s round.

After his final birdie on 15 gave him a two-shot cushion he looked at a leaderboard. And when he got to the 18th green he checked with Burke to make sure he had that lead. He then two-putted from about 25 feet for the win.

Love’s the sixth straight winner of this tournament to be either the outright or co-leader after the third round.

For Bohn, who started the day at 8 under, but worked his way up the leaderboard, he said that seeing Love’s name at the top wasn’t a surprise.

“You think that this is a guy who’s not going to make mistakes,” Bohn said about Love. “So you have to chase him because he’s going to keep coming. So you’ve got to keep firing at flag sticks because he’s a marquee player and a player like that typically doesn’t make mistakes.”

Bohn made his move with birdies on 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 to wind up 14 under. He had a chance to put a little heat on Love but missed a long birdie putt up the big swale on the 18th hole.

“He’s handled the situations like this and has been in those situations it seems like a 1,000 times before,” Bohn said about Love. “So typically he’s going to come out on top and you just try to keep trying to play aggressive and try to make birdies and try to put a little heat on him.”

When Bohn was told that Love hadn’t won since late in 2003, he said: “I would have never thought that. I would have though it’s been about two months.”

Axley, a 32-year-old rookie trying to get his second PGA TOUR win of the season, held the lead for a large part of the day after getting it to 15 under with a birdie on 13. But bogeys on 14 and a three-putt bogey on 17 on the par 3 ended his chances.

“Right now I feel very disappointed,” Axley said. “I put myself in position to win a golf tournament and I missed three putts inside of eight feet down the stretch. And three shots are a lot so I’m very disappointed right now.”
Thanks to for the update. :thumbsup:


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