Gulf Resort Classic Gets Off to a Cool, Windy Start

Professionals from all over the country teed off at the Fallen Oak Golf Club to kick off the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic Friday.

It was a windy start to the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic. That’s exactly why defending champion, Jeff Maggert, felt his performance was not up to par. He says, "Great tournament. The course played tough today. It was kind of windy with the north wind and I definitely struggled all day, just couldn’t get any puts to go in the hole, but it was a fun day and looking forward to a better day tomorrow and on Sunday."

Joe Durant and Colin Montgomerie did not seem to let the weather affect their swings. They are tied for the lead at 5 under par, but nipping at the leaders’ heels is Brad Faxon, who is sitting at 4 under par. Faxon says, "I got off to a good start. You know when you bury the first hole you’re always in a good mood. That helped and then kind of kept hitting it pretty well. Hit it close enough. I haven’t had many good starts to tournaments this year, so to shoot 68 on a good course like this, I’m pleased."

Professionals say the wind did affect their play, but overall it was a beautiful day. Even without the wind, professionals agree that Fallen Oak is a tough course to master. Faxon closes, "This course is one of the best courses we play all year on the Champions Tour and it’s one of the longest. I know if you’ve talked to other players who’ve played, well they are going to say the same thing, but I think a lot of the players down at the bottom would say it’s pretty hard and unfair because it’s too hard."

With calmer weather in store this weekend, the players won’t have any excuses as they look to master this difficult course and to climb the leader board.

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