GRAND BLANC, Mich.- Rocco Mediate's back is healthy and so is his game.
Mediate shot his lowest score on the PGA Tour in four years, opening the Buick Open on Thursday with an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke lead.
“This has been one of the best years of my life coming out of this injury,” he said. “I'm ecstatic.”
Brett Quigley, Woody Austin and Brian Bateman shot 65s and Jim Furyk was among a group of four another stroke back, in a tournament up for grabs without Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh in the field for the first time since 2001. The stars have combined to win four of the previous five Buick Opens, reaching 24 under to win the previous two.