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July 7 2011

9:30 PM

A year after 59, Goydos opens with 66

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

It wasn’t the 59 he shot a year ago, but Paul Goydos will certainly take his opening-round 66 that included four straight birdies at one point on the back nine.

”I'm very happy with the way I played today,”said Goydos, who added the course played much differently this year without the rain it got this week last year.

”It looks like it plays shorter, and it does play shorter under these conditions, but it definitely plays more difficult. It's hard to squeeze it in under those bunkers and stop the ball close, and you really need to hit the ball well or it won't stop at all.”

Goydos was his typical accurate self, especially off the tee, and he made six birdies and just one bogey as a result.

Still, given the conditions Goydos doesn’t expect to necessarily see any 59s this week.

“The guys who are playing well are going to shoot good scores,” Goydos said. “They're just not going to be ridiculous like last year. “

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