Archive for Friday, October 8, 2004

Frazar tied for top spot

Rest proves profitable for golfer in Vegas

October 8, 2004


— Harrison Frazar took some time off to rest and find a way to make golf fun again. For the second week in a row, it paid off with a share of the first-round lead, though he had to share it with six others in the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas.

Frazar shot a bogey-free 64 Thursday to join a crowded group at the top of the leaderboard at 8 under. Seven players shared the lead on a day when perfect playing conditions and a lack of wind made the three courses used in the tournament easy targets.

Two of those players, Danny Ellis and Jason Bohn, shot 63s, but their scores were on the par-71 TPC Canyons course while the others played the par-72 TPC Summerlin and Bear's Best layouts.

Also tied at 8 under were Scott Verplank, Kent Jones, Steve Lowery and Billy Mayfair.

Of the 144 players in the field, 120 broke par, and 42 were within three shots of the lead.

"It was kind of like playing in a vacuum," Verplank said. "If you execute good, you're going to get good results."

Frazar shot 32 on both sides with no bogeys. He has won $1.1 million this year, but most of it came by the end of February. Frazar took nearly a month off before returning last week and shooting a 65 to open the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. He didn't play well on the weekend, but his game was back on in the desert.

"I just started from ground zero," Frazar said. "I took three weeks off and went home and didn't touch a club for two weeks."

The rest did more for Frazar's attitude than anything else.

"I'm interested in being here," he said. "I'm fresh and rested."

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