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July 14 2011

6:30 PM

Things heat up for Triplett

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Kirk Triplett opened with a 5-under 67 Thursday.

As far as the British Open goes, the lack of wind on Day 1 has been considered a good thing by many of the players.  In Madison, Miss., where the heat index today is a sweltering 103 degrees, a breeze might be welcomed.

Clouds and scattered thunderstorms have made play today a little more bearable and Kirk Triplett took advantage, shooting a 5-under 67 that puts him near the top of the leaderboard.

Asked about the heat, Triplett replied, “I don’t see anything positive about it.”

Of course when the Viking Classic was played in October last year, Triplett tied for 59th.

Tournament director Randy Watkins told reporters the tournament wasn’t competing with hunting and football the way it did under its previous fall date, but dealing with the scorching sun of the South in the middle of July may be a bigger adversary.

For Triplett, he was able to make the weather work to his advantage, especially being a part of the morning wave when the sun is a little more forgiving.

“You know, it wasn't too bad today,” Triplett said. “Certainly, as the week wears on, it's going to be a little bit of endurance.  So see who can kind of keep their concentration up.  Sometimes the heat makes your mind wander a little.”

Triplett’s mind didn’t seem to be wandering too much, especially on the back nine where he kept up a nice rhythm of birdies and pars.

“It's very soft,” he said of Annandale GC. “If you drive a ball on the fairway, you've got a perfect lie every time.”

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