Mike Brisky had to return to qualifying school to get back on tour. Now he wants to show he belongs.
Brisky, who has missed six cuts in 14 tournaments this year, shot a 6-under-par 66 yesterday for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Western Open in Lemont, Ill.
Brisky, 34, got his round rolling with an eagle on the par-5 No. 5. He leads rookie Briny Baird, 1998 Western Open runner-up Vijay Singh and veteran Hal Sutton by one stroke.
Tiger Woods was among four at 4 under in the $2.5 million tournament on the 7,073-yard Dubsdread course at the Cog Hill Golf and Country Club.
Brisky, who tied for fourth in the 1996 Western Open, had to return to qualifying school after finishing three spots out of last year's top 125 money-winners.
"It's been a long road over the last year and a half," Brisky said. "It's just been a rough time for me. I feel like I haven't been getting anything out of my game."
Baird, son of Senior PGA Tour player Butch Baird, also has struggled. In his previous 13 tournaments this year, he missed the cut eight times, his best finish a tie for 28th.
His luck is so bad that he tore ligaments in his ankle earlier this year when he got out of bed one morning and jumped over a suitcase in his room -- and his ankle gave way.
LPGA: Mardi Lunn finished a 6-under-par 65 to grab a one-stroke lead before violent wind gusts -- up to 30 mph -- created havoc for the rest of the field in the opening round of the Jamie Farr Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.
As Laura Baugh was putting for birdie on the 18th green, the wind knocked her shot out of the hole and ripped a skybox tent behind the green from its support posts. It took 14 volunteers to hold on to the posts and tethers while the tent was secured.
The wind was a huge factor on the course as well. Defending champion Se Ri Pak, who set LPGA records with a second-round 61 and a 72-hole total of 261, had to chip to save par five times because her approach shots were blown off line. Still, she shot 68, three strokes better than her first round a year ago.