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Over 100,000 Watch First Round of Phoenix Open, Palmer Leads at Seven Under

Over 100,000 people lined the fairways for the opening round of the Phoenix Open but they had to run for cover from a late afternoon rain that caused the first round to be suspended. Only a few groups were unable to complete play and they will be back in the morning to finish their rounds. Ryan Palmer is the first round leader at seven under par.

Three Utahns are in the field, but only one, Mike Weir, is in good shape to make the cut. Weir shot even par and is right on the cut number. Daniel Summerhays is tied in the 106th position with a two over par round, and Tony Finau is three over par with still two holes remaining in his first round.

Weir’s even par round was anything but steady. He had three bogies and a double bogey, but had five birdies to keep him in the hunt.

Summerhays had trouble closing the nines as he bogeyed eight and nine and 18. He had only one a birdie, on the 12th hole.

Finau had a disappointing day. He has been practicing in Phoenix with his teaching coach Boyd Summerhays and hoped to play well, but the round was erratic with five bogeys and two birdies.