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PGA Transitions notes: Tringale's dramatic day ends with 66

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 02:14 PM
PALM HARBOR -

Cameron Tringale enjoyed a dramatic opening-round 66 on Thursday that left him five shots off the lead in the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook.

In his third year on the PGA Tour and seeking his first victory, Tringale holed out from a greenside bunker at No. 2 and added his sixth birdie of the round at No. 17, rolling in a 40-footer.

"Yeah, it was a nice day," Tringale said. "I did a lot of things well to stay in it. This is a nice course. Short hitters love it, long hitters love it … it's a good test of golf.

"There's not a lot of holes where you step on the tee and expect to make birdie."

Early riser

After Padraig Harrington (61) and Will Claxton (64) capitalized on an early tee time to post the lowest scores of the day, Jim Furyk matched the best round of the afternoon groups with a 66.

His six birdies and one bogey marked the ninth consecutive round under par for Furyk at Copperhead, where he edged K.J. Choi by one stroke in 2010 to post his first PGA Tour win in three years.

"The fairways have firmed up a little bit since the practice rounds," said Furyk, who missed a 6-footer that would have saved par at No. 16.

"I expect with the sun and the warm weather they will just keep getting firmer and faster as the week goes on. It will be nice to get up in the morning and catch them damp for the first nine holes."

Playing inspired golf

Harrington received an unexpected boost during Wednesday's pro-am when he was introduced to a member of the Special Olympics.

"At every event I do something organized for the Special Olympics," Harrington said. "This young lad, he's the national champion, I believe, and he came out and met me on the 10th tee. These guys are great, and he was just a real nice guy to be around, a perfect guy to send you off in your round of golf.

"He was just happy with life, and it's infectious. Tyler is his name and he works here at Copperhead, so they are doing their part, too."

Tee shots

Trevor Immelman withdrew and was replaced by Brian Harman, who opened with a 2-over-par 73. … A triple-bogey 7 at No. 16 led to a 79 by Chad Collins, who posted the day's highest score. … Luke Donald, who tied for sixth here last year, opened with a 67.

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