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Kuchar parred the 15th and 16th holes Thursday when play resumed to finish off Hiroyuki Fujita 3 and 2, then played the final two holes by himself for practice.

“A hole and a half wasn’t quite enough to justify all the time and practice I put in this morning, so I played 17 and 18 just to keep going,” Kuchar said.

Kuchar will play Sergio Garcia in the second round. Garcia needed 20 holes to beat Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee.


WEATHER FORECAST: Morning frost is expected the rest of the week, with overnight lows around 34 on Friday, 32 on Saturday and 38 on Sunday.

Friday is expected to be partly cloudy with a high of 56. Saturday will be the best day of the tournament with mostly sunny conditions and a high of 63. On Sunday, it is expected to be partly cloudy and breezy with a high of 58.

After snow Wednesday, the course was soggy Thursday when play resumed.

“The course being wet, it makes everything a bit more accessible,” long-hitting Nicolas Colsaerts said after beating Bill Haas 5 and 4. “You’re going to hit a lot of fairways because they’re pretty wide and the ball is going to finish pretty much where it lands. It’s pretty much throwing darts if you’re on.”


CONFIDENT AUSSIE: Marcus Fraser is an Australian who plays the European Tour. He’s also a great putter _ and isn’t shy about it.

“I know I’m one of the best putters in the game,” Fraser said. “My putting stats in Europe and Asia have proved that sort of the last 10 years. But that’s the whole idea, every time I look at a putt I try and make it, and I was lucky that that one went in.”

That one that went in was a 25-footer for a birdie that gave him the lead in a 1-up victory over U.S. Ryder Cup player Keegan Bradley.

Little known in the U.S., Fraser bristled at the suggestion the victory was an upset.

“You’ve only got to have a look at the European Tour,” Fraser said. “Yeah, we don’t play for as much money, but the fields are just as strong as the PGA Tour. I’m not sure of the exact record, but the Ryder Cup over the last however many years, I think Europe was in front.

“It’s no surprise that there’s so many European players in the field this week and international players. This week is not a PGA Tour event. It’s a world event.”

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