Mathew Goggin didn’t exactly come into this week riding a wave of momentum. Well, not a positive one anyway. Goggin has missed seven of his last nine cuts and for the year has missed 11 of 16. So what was the difference Thursday, when he shot a bogey-free 6-under 64?
Missing just two fairways and two greens in regulation didn’t hurt. The wind was also down -- on the back nine, it can be particularly tricky with a lot of shots climbing above the tree line, but it wasn’t in the opening round.
Goggin is also back to using his regular driver after switching to a slightly longer one at the start of the season.
“I started swinging the club wrong and had some bad habits for whatever reason,” Goggin said. “You lose a bit of confidence.”
Six birdies should give the Brit plenty of confidence going into the second round. -- Brian Wacker
Not surprisingly, most of the low scores from the first round at TPC Southwind came in the morning wave, led by Lee Westwood’s 7-under 63. Sine then, there hasn’t been much of a move toward the lead. There are a few players not too far away, though.
Among them: Lee Janzen, Nicholas Thompson and Matthew Goggin, all of whom are 3 under on the day so far. Ian Poulter was at that number, too, but he just bogeyed No. 12 to drop a stroke. -- Brian Wacker
TPC Sawgrass is yielding a lot of red numbers with the wind and the rough down this year. The course is also playing a little soft after some rain earlier in the week. Not everyone is going low, though. Take Matthew Goggin, who just a little while ago went from 2 under to 3 over in the span of one hole following a 9 on No. 4.
After hitting his approach shot into the back bunker, Goggin airmailed his next one into the water, took a drop on the other side of the pond, hit his next one into the water again and finally two-putted from just over 16 feet for what is the highest single-hole score of this year’s tournament so far. -- Brian Wacker
Below is a look at Goggin’s fourth hole from Shot Tracker: