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May 6 2010

6:03 PM

Prugh not awed by first PLAYERS round

Alex Prugh is wondering what all the fuss is about.

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Prugh, competing in his first PLAYERS, posted an opening round 69 - including a birdie on the infamous par-3 17th.

"It's an easy hole," Prugh said with a laugh. "I ended up pulling a 9-iron, just a nice little chip 9-iron with wind hurting it a little, and you have a backstop there on that front pin. I hit it how I wanted to and it ended up just being pin high, however many feet to the right."

Despite Thursday being the first time Prugh has played No. 17 in competition, he does have good history on it - kind of.

"I've birdied every time I've played it before this, basically on Tiger Woods Golf."

Wait a minute, what?

"You kind of get a feel for it in Tiger Woods," said Prugh. Some breaks, some places not to be. If you have a tough up-and-down on that game, you know not to be there in real life because it's even that much worse."

There wasn't much that was tough for Prugh on Thursday.

"Fortunately, it's not one of the tightest courses off the tee," Prugh said of the Stadium Course, "and there's definitely a bunch of holes that favor a draw.

"I like to hit a little rope-a-dope hook out there every once in a while, so a lot of holes that fit my eye." -- Mark Spoor

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