The fifth hole, one of four designed here since the 1968 U.S. Open, lived up to its pretournament "monster" billing today. The dogleg par-4 played shorter than its listed 419 yards because the tees were forward. However, the tight driving area, with water at the dogleg on the right side and rough a foot deep, played to an average of 4.51, the most over par of any hole on this plush course.
Some of the more interesting scenarios at No. 5 today:
Jim Simons pushed his drive slightly to the right. The ball hit six inches into the rough, bounced once and disappeared. After players and caddies, on hands and knees, eventually found the ball, Simons made a great par, hitting a sand wedge shot about 50 yards forward, then knocking a short iron 18 inches from the hole.
Danny Edwards, one under par at the time, pushed his drive into the right-side hazard, on dry land under a bridge.He stood on the bank next to the bridge, with the ball far in front of his left foot and wedged out. But the ball ran across the fairway into the deep rough. He made double bogey and went on to shoot 73.
Dave Stockton, the 1976 PGA winner at Congressional Country Club, tried to put too much oomph in his tee shot and missed it badly left, so he had to play under trees safely back to the fairway. "They're liable to put the tee on the back so we can't play this hole at all," he grumbled to a PGA official. "I can't outhit (Jack) Newton and he has to hit a curve around that tree."
Doug Ford and Julius Boros, two old-time former PGA champions, both made the leader board for a while today. Ford, the 1955 winner, was two under through 11 holes but faltered with four straight bogeys on the tough finishing holes for 74. Boros birdied the first two holes, but the 1968 champion fell back quickly, shooting 79.
Arnold Palmer, who never has won the PGA title, opened with a double bogey on the first hole, but shot 74 and probably could make the cut with another 74 today. Another old-timer, three-time champion Sam Snead, drove his first ball out of bounds, triple bogeyed the hole and went on to an 82. Craig Harmon, the host pro was shanked a drive into a spectator's ribs in a practice round, thrilled his club's members with a birdie on the first hole today.But he shot 89, highest round of the 149 starters.