The media contingent following Ryo Ishikawa, Ryuji Imada and Yuta Ikeda was large. Unfortunately for the group, so was their combined score.
Imada, who just two weeks ago tied for 13th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open with four rounds in the 60s, struggled the most of the three, shooting an 8-over 79 to sit in last place on the leaderboard. He hit just eight fairways and eight greens in regulation while making a triple bogey, a double bogey and three bogeys. Imada shot 41 on the back nine.
Things didn’t go much better for Ishikawa, who is playing in his first PGA TOUR event of the year. He hit just seven fairways and eight greens and made six bogeys, three birdies and a double bogey.
Ikeda, meanwhile, had a wild day with five birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey in a round of 71.