Johnson’s lead holding up

So far, none of the players that teed off in the afternoon have been able to make a legitimate run at the 10-under-par 62 posted by Zach Johnson in the morning during the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at the TPC Summerlin.
Michael Allen remains one shot back, with Kevin Na, John Mallinger and Nick Flanagan all at 8-under 64.
Ken Duke and Las Vegan John Riegger are at 6-under with eight holes still to play. A strong finish by either player could put one of them in Johnson’s vicinity on the leaderboard.

A Dream Season

D.J. Gregory walked all 18 holes of the TPC Summerlin course this morning, following George McNeill around during the defending champion’s first round.
He will do the same thing the final three days of the event and when he is done, he will have walked the course for all four rounds of his 41st PGA Tour event this year.
It would be an accomplishment for any fan.
But Gregory is not your average fan. The 30-year-old resident of Savannah, Ga., suffers from cerebral palsy. He gets around with a cane, but every step is a struggle.
Gregory, a lifelong sports fan with a master’s degree in sports management, is working on a project that has him walking the course for an entire tournament with a different PGA player each week.
He then compiles a blog on the PGA Web site after each event.
Gregory said he can’t pinpoint a favorite tournament among the first 40 he has been to so far this year.
"I actually like them all for different reasons," he said. "Going to the British Open was special because it was my first time overseas. Starting the year in Hawaii was awesome. I’ve just tried to take something from every place I’ve gone," he said. "I like being in Las Vegas, too. It’s only my second time here. The first time was earlier this year for one day for my 30th birthday."
Gregory first attended a golf tournament at age 12 in Greensboro, N.C. He was instantly hooked.
"I love golf. I’m a golf fanatic. I love coming to tournaments and interacting with the players," he said.
If a player Gregory is following fails to make the cut, he chooses another player to follow for the remainder of the weekend. He says everyone so far has been very accommodating.
"Every player that I’ve worked with this year has been great," he said. "There are players that I’ve walked with that I’ve become really good friends with."
His blog posts can be found at http://www.pgatour.com/2008/r/dj.blog/index.html. After the season, he plans to compile the year’s worth of memories into a book that he hopes will be available for Father’s Day 2009.

     

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