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Greenbrier Classic: Trevor Immelman Leads After First Round

Trevor Immelman
Trevor ImmelmanHunter Martin/Getty Images
Robert HartmanCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2011

Pre-tournament chatter included a "Ghost Buster" symbol over the number 59, but nobody was going to break the code and throw darts at the new greens at the Greenbrier or do a Stuart Appleby impression.

Instead, there were 41 under par rounds and 10 players shooting 66 or better. 

With day one complete, the mantra at the Greenbrier at the Old White TPC sounds reminiscent of a Tim McGraw song.

Coincidentally, McGraw did play the opening night of the tournament’s concert series at the nearby West Virginia State Fairgrounds. 

Trevor birdied it, Mayfair drove it.
Webb Simspon sank it, Woodland crushed it….
Smooth as the hickory sticks
That blows from Memphis down to Apalachicola
It’s Hi, ya’all, did you play well?
Come on, I’m sure glad to know ya
Don’t let this Old White course
And this Nike golf shirt throw ya…

After day one at the Greenbrier Classic, Trevor Immelman’s opening round 64 stamped his name atop the leaderboard. The South African has been trying to return to his 2008 form after suffering a wrist injury. 

"My wrist has been pretty good, it hasn't bothered me at all," said Immelman, "So I've been able to get back to some of the stuff I used to do four or five years ago."

"Some of that stuff" includes a green jacket in 2008.

The crowded leaderboard had more to do with the mild wind and humid conditions. Four players finished one stroke behind Immelman: Billy Mayfair, Derek Lamely, Webb Simpson, Steven Bowditch and Gary Woodland all shot rounds of 65—five under par.

Most of the low scores from day one were shot by the morning of day two as the West Virginia dew evaporated on the greens. 

As the conditions firm up fans can expect the scoring to level off.

Of course, the weather conditions continue to be hot and humid in the Allegheny Mountains.

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