March 24 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. -- To understand just how good Spencer Levin’s 6-under 66 was, you have to look at the other end of the leaderboard, where 13 players didn’t break 80. One of those was the world’s fourth-ranked player, Graeme McDowell, who shot 80.
In all, just 21 players broke par and the 13 players who couldn’t crack 80 is the most here since the second round in 1983 when 24 players failed to do so. It also exceeds the four-day total from each of the last five years.
The worst score of the day? That came from Yuta Ikeda. The world’s 48th-ranked player shot an 84 that included an 11 on the par-5 sixth hole, where he put three shots in the water.
The course scoring average for the day? A whopping 74.743, which is more than 2 1/2 strokes over par -- and more than 8 1/2 strokes higher than Levin’s round.
That scoring average, by the way, was the second-highest of the year to only The Honda Classic, which had a 73.875 (par 70) average on the first day. Guess who led after the first round there? That’s right, Levin. -- Brian Wacker