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Daly wins two skins to lead after first day at Telus Skins

6/18/2007 - Golf

THORNBURY, Ont. -- John Daly won two skins and $30,000 at
the Telus World Skins on Monday, taking advantage of Colin
Montgomerie's missed opportunities.

The Scot left a 10-foot putt worth $85,000 on the high side of
the eighth hole and was feeling its effects afterwards. Even though
he's made millions in his long career, Montgomerie said the money
was on his mind as he stood over the putt.

"That's why I probably missed it," he said. "If I'd not
thought of the money, I would have knocked it in."

Canadian Stephen Ames was the only player other than Daly to win
a skin on the first day. His birdie on the third hole was worth
$15,000. Retief Goosen and Geoff Ogilvy were also shut out.

The final six holes of the day were carried over, which means
$315,000 is up for grabs Tuesday.

When the players return to the 10th tee, they'll be playing that
hole for $125,000.

"I put a bad stroke on [the putt] really," Montgomerie said.
"I missed it but never mind. It means there's more in the pot for
the 10th hole."

When the holes start carrying over, things get a little more
serious at this lighthearted event.

The first nine holes were easygoing. Montgomerie and Ames each
had a vocal group of followers on Monday and Daly did his best to
entertain everyone else.

He drove the 390-yard second hole before making a birdie to take
his two skins. He also drove it over the green on the 341-yard
fifth hole.

"He can practically drive every green, which is what he was
doing today," Ames said. "The idea of this format is to entertain
everybody out there.

"Giving him the opportunity of driving the greens is what it's
all about."

The five players combined for 16 birdies, especially refreshing
for the players coming off the tough conditions they faced at the
U.S. Open in Oakmont, Pa., over the weekend.

"Perfect," Ogilvy said. "Even the practice rounds are brutal
in the U.S. Open. It's nice to have some fun and actually make some
birdies."