January 19 2011
Prior to Wednesday’s opening round at the Bob Hope Classic, Derek Lamely had never played with a hybrid in his bag. Judging by how he hit the one Callaway sent him, it might be in there for a while.
Lamely went driver-hybrid on the par-5 sixth hole, where he hit his approach shot to about 6 feet to set up one of two eagles on the day as Lamely finished with a 9-under 63 to lead by one.
“It goes just as far as my normal 2‑iron, but it's a lot easier to hit it,” Lamely said of the hybrid. “I’ve never been able to hit one and I finally got a good one.”
That eagle was amidst a bevy of birdies for Lamely, who shot 29 over his final nine holes -- the front nine on the Palmer Course. At the Bob Hope, though, Lamely knows he’ll have to keep that pace up.
In five of the last 10 years, the winning score has been at least 30 under.
“The golf course is there for the taking,” Lamely said. “If the weather stays perfect, which I've barely seen it anything other than perfect here, I would assume that would be the case for the next four days.
“You just got to go out there and try and make putts and just kind of keep your head down and just know that.” -- Brian Wacker