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Dallas resident Kelly Kraft cruised to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-33=65 during round one of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, staking out an early claim of the clubhouse lead, sharing that title with Derek Fathauer and J.T. Poston.

Playing in a home game this week, Kraft kicked off the week with a 5-birdie effort, highlighted by a hot putter. Throughout the day he sank three putts from outside 15 feet, including a 39'11" birdie bomb at the par-3 16th. Kraft would walk off the course gaining 2.79 strokes putting over the field. All of those chances were setup by steady striking, giving himself 10 birdie looks from inside 20 feet today. That kept the round relatively stress-free, despite the blustery conditions he had to play through. Kraft is making his 51st start on the PGA TOUR and this will go in the books as his first lead/co-lead after ANY round.
May 25 - 6:40 PM

J.T. Poston breezed through Colonial Country Club in round one of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, recording a 5-under-par 32-33=65 to grab a share of the clubhouse lead alongside Derek Fathauer and Kelly Kraft.

Poston had a rough time at last week's AT&T Byron Nelson, posting rounds of 78-72=150 (+10) to easily miss the cut after earning a paycheck in nine straight starts before that. He didn't let that result keep him down for long, and hit the reset button to clear that from his mind. Today's bounce back involved some stellar ball-striking to smother 15 greens in regulation, gaining 4.515 strokes approach-the-green. Highlights on the green included a pair of splashes from 11-to-14 feet but most of his damage was done from short range, thanks to that strong iron and wedge play. Playing his 19th career event, this will be his first lead/co-lead after ANY round.
May 25 - 6:30 PM

Grame McDowell coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, staking out a spot one stroke off the early lead on Thursday with play still in progress.

The Northern Irishman steadied 10 (of 14) fairways en route to 11 greens in regulation. Three of his four birdies came from long distance, two on converted putts from the 17-to-21 foot range with the other coming on a hole out from 36'3" at the par-3 fourth hole. It wasn't all smooth sailing for the Ulsterman, though, as he needed to save par twice from outside nine feet to maintain the momentum. Opting to make his tournament debut here instead of traveling to take on a renovated Wentworth, McDowell looks to have made the right decision early on the in the week.
May 25 - 1:36 PM

Derek Fathauer breezed through Colonial Country Club on day one of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, styling a 5-under-par 31-34=65 to claim the early title of clubhouse leader.

Fathauer led off his day with a birdie bomb from 31'5" to really set the tone. He slowed his pace from there, but would still go on to knock in five more birdie putts ranging from 6'6" to 12'8" before his round was over. Driving accuracy wasn't on the menu today as he split just five (of 14) fairways but recovered nicely to land 15 greens, allowing his best weapon (putter) to go to work. Fathauer would walk off the course gaining 2.901 strokes putting. Slow starts have been an issue for Fathauer recently, as he's positioned himself outside the top 55 after R1 in each of his last nine starts. If he can maintain this lead by day's end it will be his fourth lead/co-lead on the PGA TOUR with two of them resulting in top-5 finishes by week's end (2017 CIMB Classic, 2016 OHL Classic).
May 25 - 12:54 PM

Johan Carlsson carved a superb 6-under-par 30-36=66 to take the clubhouse lead midway through Thursday afternoon at the BMW PGA Championship over the West Course at Wentworth.

The big Swede is making his fourth appearance at the European Tour's headquarters without once suggesting that he had this round in him. He's finished T71-MC-T33 and never before broken 71. To better that by a full five strokes he started by obliterating the front nine, ticking three straight at 3, 4 and 5 before adding circles at 7 and 9. A bogey followed at the 10th but he atoned in style with back-to-back birdies at 11 and 12. There was a final par breaker at the 15th before he dropped a shot at the last, leaving him with a one shot advantage over a group of three at 5-under, Francesco Molinari, Scott Jamieson and Kiradech Aphibarnrat. "I putted really well," he said afterwards. "And on top of that you've got to hit a few good shots out there on this golf course, as well."
May 25 - 12:21 PM

The changes to Wentworth made little difference to Francesco Molinari as the course horse tied the first-round clubhouse lead at the BMW PGA Championship in England with a 5-under-par 34-33=67.

Molinari joined early pacesetters Scott Jamieson and Kiradech Aphibarnrat thanks to a pair of closing birdies at the revamped West Course, making the surprise of an opening bogey a distant memory. The Italian recovered from that dropped shot at No. 1 with a circle at 4 and added another birdie at 8 to turn in 1-under. After a pair of pars to start the back nine, he accelerated with red numbers at 12 and 13 and made it a three-way tie at the top with a 4-4 finale on the par 5s at 17 and 18. Molinari was a hugely popular pick with gamers this week due to some eye-catching converging trends. He was T6 in the PLAYERS Championship on his last start and has made the top 10 in four of his last five visits to Wentworth.
May 25 - 7:55 AM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat cruised Wentworth's West Course in 5-under-par 31-36=67 to take a piece of the clubhouse lead alongside Scott Jamieson on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The Thai was quick out of the blocks today, scribbling circles at four of his opening seven holes. Those birdies came at 2, 5, 6 and 7. After turning in just 31, he picked up further shots at 12 and 13 to go clear of the field on 6-under but made his only bogey of the round at the par-3 14th. With the two closing par 5s to come, Aphibarnrat would have hoped to splash further red but he needed five swings at 17 and, at the last, left his putt for birdie and the outright lead in the jaws. Still, that's a fine morning's work and, having shot an opening 68 but only finished T60 last year, he'll hope to make a better job of the remaining 54 holes this time.
May 25 - 7:15 AM

Scott Jamieson took advantage of benign conditions on the first morning of the BMW PGA Championship in England and posted the clubhouse lead with a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-34=67.

Right now, that's one clear of Italian Nino Bertasio. The Scot has only broken 70 three times in 20 laps at Wentworth but beat his previous best 18 by a shot today after keeping bogey off his card. Jamieson made his first move at No. 4 with a birdie at the West Course's opening par 5 and followed it with another circle at the par-3 5th. He made his second '2' of the round with birdie at 10 and added red numbers at 13 and 16 before settling for a pair of closing par 5s. Jamieson has a habit of starting fast and, before this week, he'd finished round one in the top 10 in seven of his last 19 tournaments. He's been in decent form with three top 25s in his last five events, highlighted by a third place in March's Indian Open.
May 25 - 7:05 AM

Chris Wood will defend his BMW PGA Championship title over a newly renovated West Course at the Wentworth Club this week.

Two years ago the Bristol golfer made a hole-in-one at the 14th to earn himself a new car and then 12 months later he went one better, shooting a front nine 29 (equalling the tournament record) to earn a four-shot lead at the turn in the final round, just about enough for him to hold on and claim the biggest win of his career. It wasn’t the first time he had excelled on the West Course. In 2010 he had led going into the final round until a 77 upset the apple cart – he later admitted he was actually playing "too well" and couldn’t stop himself pin-seeking when it would have made more sense to golf sensibly. He was T4 in the recent China Open, when rounds of 68-65-68 finished off a week which started with a 72. A quarter final appearance in the GolfSixes followed, but there is probably little to take account of in that result.
May 23 - 11:11 AM

World No. 7 Jordan Spieth slipped on the tartan plaid jacket after the 2016 DEAN & DELUCA Invitational and returns this week for another crack at Colonial Country Club.

Spieth eased into his win last year, posting rounds of 67-66 to position himself T3 at the midpoint. He blitzed the course over the weekend with a pair of 65s to beat the field by three strokes. His biggest asset was the flat stick, gaining 9.12 strokes putting on the week. Unfortunately, that club is letting Spieth down recently, losing 2.6 strokes putting over his last two starts (missed cuts at the Byron Nelson and THE PLAYERS), even making a putter change ahead of last week's event. With missed cuts in three of his last four starts, Spieth arrives way out of form, especially by his lofty standards. However, his track record at Colonial CC includes four top 15s in four attempts, meaning a bounce-back week could (and should) be in the cards.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 23 - 8:56 AM

Henrik Stenson has played in just one of the last six editions of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth but he'll return to contest this week's event on the revamped West Course.

The 11-time European Tour winner finished T7 on his last appearance in 2014 and also made the top 10 in 2007. This will be his first event on English soil since he landed the Open Championship and presumably he feels the new layout, which has seen five greens remodelled, a 25% reduction in the number of bunkers and predicted easier scoring, will make it a more appealing proposition after some mixed form there down the years. Stenson's last start in a regular European Tour event resulted in second spot at the Dubai Desert Classic but he recently endured a baffling run of four straight missed cuts on the PGA TOUR (Arnold Palmer Invitational, Houston Open, Masters, Zurich Classic). He restored some order with T16 at Sawgrass last time so will hope to build on that and show some more spark as he prepares for the defense of the claret jug at Royal Birkdale (northern England) this July.
May 23 - 7:53 AM

Two-time world long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski preps for his PGA TOUR debut after receiving an invitation to this week's DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

Sadlowski is one of two golfers to receive a Champions' Choice invite into this week's event (Beau Hossler the other). This exemption is the result of past champions of the DEAN & DELUCA voting for who should crack the field. Sadlowski has a stellar track record on the long-drive circuit, including back-to-back titles in 2008 and 2009. The big hitter from Canada has drives recorded as long as 445 yards, so he should provide a unique plan of attack, compared to the rest of the field this week. The 28-year-old is trying to play his way through the mini tours, but this will be his first attempt in a PGA TOUR event.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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