By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Ian Poulter turned out to be right.
On Monday, Poulter said via Twitter, "I bet Jason Day doesn't play Honda this week now because he feels exhausted. 18 holes less and Honda might have had him in the field."
Tuesday, Day did just that, pulling out of the tournament. Also withdrawing was Peter Tomasulo.
Luke List, who lives in nearby Jupiter, took Day's spot, while Australian Steven Bowditch replaced Tomasulo.
Rookie List has made two cuts in five starts this year, while Bowditch made the cut in his first two starts and missed the cut in his last two.
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. – No matter what happens when the first round of the Northern Trust Open is completed on Friday morning, there will be more players tied for the lead than after any round of any tournament on the PGA TOUR since such records started being kept in 1970.
The current tally is nine – John Senden, Martin Laird, Robert Allenby, Spencer Levin, Aaron Baddeley, Ben Martin, Bill Haas, Carl Pettersson and J.B. Holmes. And Peter Tomasulo could make it 10 if he converts a 13-footer for birdie at the 18th hole when he resumes his first round at 7:45 a.m.
The previous record was eight.
The scoring hasn’t been super low through the first round-plus of the Bob Hope Classic, but three players are now double digits under par with Jhonattan Vegas, Boo Weekley and Peter Tomasulo all at 10 under.
Among that group, Tomasulo is having the best day at 4 under through his first seven holes at La Quinta. Weekley and Vegas, meanwhile, are 3 and 2 under on their respective rounds.
The trio has plenty of company, however, with four players, including Charles Howell III, just one shot back and another nine players at 8 under.