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Some stars fizzle at Hazeltine

CHASKA, Minn. -- Ernie Els was beaten and battered as he walked to the locker room Thursday afternoon. He plopped into a chair and sat back, looking like a dazed fighter struggling to his corner.

And he was at even par. He's within shouting distance of the lead.

Imagine the guys who really struggled Thursday during the first round of the PGA Championship at Hazeltine National.

It's cliché, but apropos: You can't win the tournament in the opening round, but you can go a long way toward losing it.

Among the case studies Thursday: Sergio Garcia, Mark O'Meara and Kirk Triplett (75), Tim Herron and Paul Azinger (76), David Toms, Scott Verplank, John Daly and Jerry Kelly (77), Jeff Maggert, K.J. Choi, British Open playoff runner-up Thomas Levet and Matt Kuchar (78), Darren Clarke (79) and Jesper Parnevik (82).

After coming back to finish on Friday, Phil Mickelson shot a 4-over 76. So did Chris DiMarco. Scott Hoch shot 80. Dudley Hart shot 82.

If Thursday's scores hold, the cut will be at around 4-over. The top 70 and ties will play the final two rounds.

"It wasn't an easy day," said Garcia. "I tried as hard as I could. I hit about four or five really bad shots that you can't hit, and I just didn't get really hot."

Garcia started on the 10th hole and shot 39 on the back nine, with a double-bogey at the 16th hole. Clarke and Hoch also double-bogeyed 16. O'Meara made a double at the par-3 17th. DiMarco made back-to-back double bogeys on 16 and 17. Toms made a pair of doubles as well.

Parnevik made three double bogeys (Nos. 6, 8 and 18) and added four more bogeys for good measure. He didn't make a birdie.

His day was so bad that he forced the Woods-Els-Toms threesome to wait on the ninth green while he played from just in front of the green. Trouble was, Parnevik was playing 18.

Mickelson, still majorless, didn't help himself Thursday. He made just two birdies (both on par 5s), but offset that with three bogeys and a double bogey on the par-4 10th.

He missed five of seven fairways on the front and four of nine greens in regulation.

Friday morning, he bogeyed the 18th hole to finish his round.

"The people are going crazy and having fun, and I'm struggling out there," said Toms. "They are trying to lift me up as much as possible, but I don't think I was going to be lifted today."

He wasn't alone.