"The greens weren't maybe as smooth as we all would have liked, so making putts was difficult," said Australian veteran Stuart Appleby, who finished his round with three consecutive birdies to post a 66 and join Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh, K.J. Choi and Joe Ogilvie atop the leader board. "Hopefully, the greens will dry out a little bit [over the next few days]. But Poa annua is a temperamental grass that doesn't like the heat much either."
"There's a common theme," Appleby said. "The golfers aren't any better. We're getting better each year, but course preparation and weather is everything. ... You have to make everything, and you can only do that on basically receptive greens. None of these rounds are shot on firm greens, I can assure you of that."