EDMOND — Bill Glasson got the full effects of Thursday’s opening round of the 2014 U.S. Senior Open at Oak Tree National.
The Stillwater resident, who was in one of the first groups scheduled to go off in the morning, was delayed by an hour due to the threat of lightning in the area from a cold front that moved through. While the temperatures weren’t as bad during his first nine holes, the wind was another story.
“Unfortunately the front was moving through and we had some 30 mile-per-hour winds,” Glasson said after finishing with a 2-over 73. “We kind of saw it all today. It’s pretty amazing.”
And by the time he came up No. 9 — which was his final hole of the day after starting on No. 10 — the temperature and humidity had skyrocketed to the punishing conditions expected for much of the tournament.
“The cooler weather was nice, but it certainly was getting hotter at the end,” the seven-time PGA Tour winner said. “I was just telling my son how I don’t know how I’m going to do (Friday) afternoon because I was starting to feel it today.
“But with the rain from the last two days, it kind of started boiling up from the ground and you could kind of feel it. That’s the main thing, it’s not only going to be the heat, but it’s going to be the moisture in the ground making it a little extra humid now.”
Glasson’s first mark of the day was a bogey on par-5 14th, but got he got back to even with a birdie on No. 16.
He bogeyed the final two holes of his first nine – which were actually the back nine of the course – after his par putt on No. 18 just slid past the hole. The Stillwater resident responded with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 to stand at 1-over.
Jason Elmquist is sports editor of The Stillwater News Press.
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