HONOLULU, JAN. 17 -- Scott Simpson shot the best round of his PGA Tour career, a 10-under-par 62 today to give him a one-shot lead after the first round of the Hawaiian Open.
Simpson, a former U.S. Open champion who usually plays his best on the game's tougher courses, started with five straight birdies and finished with 11 overall. He matched the tournament record on the Waialae Country Club course, which was made easier by lighter-than-usual winds.
Ed Humenik, who played on the Ben Hogan tour last year, dropped three putts of about 40 feet in a bogey-free 63. Larry Mize and John Cook were tied for third at 64.
The first round was played in an eerily quiet, subdued setting as the players turned their thoughts to the war in the Persian Gulf. There was very little talk of golf and no joking or jostling, and instead of heading for the practice tee or the putting green after their rounds, players hurried to their hotel rooms to watch television.
"We talked about it all the way around," Simpson said.
"It's kind of hard to be very serious about golf with what's going on over there," current U.S. Open title holder Hale Irwin said after shooting a 66.