Shaun Micheel walked off the 18th green on Friday with a nice red number: 3-under 68.
Or as he called it, "even par."
Indeed, TPC Boston was virtually defenseless when the morning wave teed off Friday. With no wind, soft greens, tees moved up and lift, clean and place in effect, it was easy to fire at pins.
Vijay Singh, who played in the first group with Micheel and shot a bogey-free 5-under 66, said the pins themselves were also in prime scoring spots.
"They set up the golf course quite easy," said Singh, a two-time winner of the Deutsche Bank Championship. "Par for the course would be at least 68, which is 3 under. I think 3-, 4-under is par for the golf course.
"Guys shooting over par, they're either having bad luck out there or playing badly. It's just set up to shoot a low number."
When Singh finished his round the early stroke average for the field was 67.017 -- four strokes under par.
Singh owns a share of the course record after shooting 61 in 2006. Mike Weir matched that number two years later.
The 2008 FedExCup champion, who ranks 86th in FedExCup points this week and needs a good result to advance to next week's BMW Championship, said that kind of score is out there again.
"I wouldn't be surprised if somebody shoots 60, 61 this morning," Singh said.
In terms of the afternoon group, though, the threat of Hurricane Earl has caused uncertainty on how it will impact play. Singh said he won’t be wandering back out to the course.
“I think I’m just gonna go inside,” he said.