RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF.- Sunny, 67 degrees, with a four-mile-per-hour wind. It's no wonder the early Saturday scores at the year's first major are low -- very low. Of the 32 players already on the course, 21 are at or below par for the day; some as many as three and four under in fewer than nine holes. And these are the players with the highest scores of those who made the cut; in conditions like these, our leaders, who tee off in the afternoon, could set records out here.
*The temperature will climb to 80 degrees as the day goes on, but the winds are supposed to stay below 10 mph. And since today's pin placements seem to be gentler than yesterday's (Lorena Ochoa, who's currently in second place, called Thursday's pins "really hard; if you didn't get the right angle, it was impossible to get close"), odds are good we'll have a slew of rounds in the 60s.
*--Stina Sternberg *