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Michael Kim cruised around TPC Deere Run during round one of the John Deere Classic, picking up nine birdies en route to an 8-under-par 33-30=63, placing him just one off the torrid pace set by Steve Wheatcroft.

Kim split 11 (of 14) fairways today and found 16 greens. It was that steady approach striking (+3.498 strokes gained approach) that allowed his putter to shine. More specifically it was his wedge and short-iron play that helped him succeed today. Seven of his nine birdies were set up on shots from inside 150 yards. In addition to the striking, Kim finished the job with four birdies splashes from outside 13 feet. Three of those came from outside 21 feet including a 41'8" birdie bomb at the par-4 18th. Kim is not the longest off the tee but he is prone to these nuclear putting rounds from time to time. Playing his 255th career round on TOUR, this goes in the books as his new personal best (previously a 6-under 64 in R1 of the 2016-17 RSM Classic). Kim has plenty of amateur pedigree but he still owns just one top 10 in 83 career starts.
Jul 12 - 3:00 PM

Oliver Fisher became the first golfer in European Tour history to post 59; his second round 12-under-par 28-31=59 launching him to the top of the live leaderboard on 12-under 130 in the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, Vilamoura.

The front nine of just 28 blows was sensational. He opened with a hat-trick of par breakers, reduced the 579-yard par-5 fifth to just three shots, then added birdie-2s at both 6 and 8. A change in tempo on the way home? Anything but. Again he started with three red numbers in a row, completing it with a tap-in effort at the 593-yard par-5 12th. He added three pars (at 16 from 20'0") whilst taking advantage of the short (315-yard) par-4 15th (from 6'0") and the 588-yard par-5 17th (converting a knee-knocking three-footer). Needing a par on the last he thrashed his drive down the middle of the fairway, played a safe approach and then his 35'0" birdie effort actually grazed the hole's edge before he completed the record-breaker. "I had it in the back of my mind that a few years ago I was playing here to save my card," he said. "So I tried to enjoy it, knowing it could be worse pressure."
Sep 21 - 8:15 AM

Justin Rose completed a strong finish to post a round one 4-under-par 33-33=66 and will dine only one back of the early pace-setters Rickie Fowler and Tiger Woods, tied with Gary Woodland, in the TOUR Championship at East Lake.

A fine start to the Englishman's quest for season-ending glory and yet it could have been so much better. On the front nine he drained three birdies in the 9 to 13 feet range (at 4, 8 and 9), but missed four chances from inside 19 feet (two of them from less than half of that). He also three-putted the fifth for bogey. On the way home he ticked the tenth from just 3'6", had a second three-putt bogey at No. 15, missed three par-breaking opportunities between 10 and 19 feet, and then stepped up to the plate to circle 17 from 20'11" and 18 from 5'3". Victory this week would guarantee FedEx Cup glory. Even a top nine gives him a mathematical chance of the latter, but realistically he needs to finish top three.
Sep 20 - 6:08 PM

Justin Thomas showed no signs of a wrist injury as he recovered from an few early blemishes to record a 3-under-par 36-31=67 during the opening round of the TOUR Championship, placing him at T4 on the live leaderboard.

JT entered the week with a question mark concerning his health. He tweaked his wrist during the final round of the BMW Championship and has it taped up this week as a precaution. It didn't seem to bother him today as he gained 1.48 strokes off-the-tee and pelted 15 greens in regulation. The putter was the only weakness today as he missed four putts from the 6-to-12 foot range and a few more from just outside that range to lose 0.202 strokes putting on the day. Two of those misses came at the opening holes to drop a few shots right out of the gate. It was a nice recovery after a slow start and it included a three-hole birdie train from 10 thru 12 to please DFS gamers. Playing his ninth round at East Lake Golf Club, JT has now been inside the top 9 after all nine rounds played here.
Sep 20 - 5:50 PM

Rickie Fowler set the early target, soon matched by Tiger Woods, in the first lap of the 2018 TOUR Championship at East Lake with a 5-under-par 33-32=65.

A career-low circuit for the 29-year-old at the Atlanta track and it betters his previous round one best by no less than four swings. He's also now in A1 position to notch a top five in the season-ender for the first time in five attempts. There was little clue through four holes of what was to come, but he drained from 8'0" at the fifth, from 12'5" at the eighth and made an up-and-down for a third par-breaker at the par-5 sixth. Alas he also made bogey at No. 7 and missed a further birdie chance from 11'0" at the ninth. After the turn, he made birdies from 9'5" at the 11th, from 19'0" at the 14th and with another up-and-down at the 18th. But in an echo of the front nine he missed the chance to tick 16 and 17 from inside 11 feet. He landed 16 of 18 greens in regulation.
Sep 20 - 5:41 PM

Gary Woodland pieced together a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the TOUR Championship, grabbing a spot in third place on the live leaderboard, just one off the co-leaders Tiger Woods and Rickie Fowler.

Woodland striped 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 13 greens in regulation today. Most of his approaches left him with mid-range putts that are tough to hole on the undulating bermuda greens of East Lake Golf Club. He did miss a 5'8" birdie chance that I'm sure he'd love to have another crack at. As for the highlight reel, the Kansas Jayhawk converted a 13'7" birdie from the fringe at the 5th and then splashed home a 40'2" eagle bomb at the par-5 sixth hole. Woodland is making his sixth appearance at East Lake with a T9 (2014) and T10 (2016) as the notable finishes. Starting at 28th in the FedExCup standings, Woodland is really just playing for the TOUR Championship trophy, as he's an extreme long shot to take home the FedExCup.
Sep 20 - 5:39 PM

Tiger Woods ended his opening lap at the TOUR Championship with a dramatic exclamation mark, sinking a 27'8" eagle putt to complete a 5-under-par 34-31=65 and take a piece of the clubhouse lead alongside Rickie Fowler.

With play coming to a close, the duo are a shot clear of Gary Woodland. Making his first start in the season-ender since T22 at East Lake in 2013, the 42-year-old posted his second lowest first round score in 16 appearances, just one shot higher than the 64 which paved the way for the most recent of his two wins in the event in 2007. Tiger three-stabbed the opening green for his only bogey of the day but drained 26'4" and 15'2" putts at 5 and 6 to get under par. A pair of relatively close-range par breakers at 12 and 14 kept the forward momentum before he signed off in style. Woods piped 10 (of 14) fairways and pelted 14 greens in regulation, producing positive numbers in all the main Strokes Gained categories. The 14-time major winner, who also had a piece of the first-round lead at the BMW on his last start, started the week at 23rd on the FedExCup rankings but, right now, is projected to leap to third.
Sep 20 - 5:08 PM

Late starter Lucas Herbert came in with a bogey-free 8-under-par 30-33=63 to take a one-shot lead over Matt Wallace, Eddie Pepperell and Shane Lowry after the first round of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura.

The Aussie has four top tens this season, one of those a tied third place in the Sicilian Open where he also fired a 63 although that came in round four. Today, he raced to the turn in just 30 swishes to make early inroads on the clubhouse target set by morning starters Pepperell and Wallace. That outward nine started with a par at 10 before he picked up the pace with birdies at 11, 12, 16 and 17 along with eagle-2 at 15. On Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course's tougher front nine he caught the leaders via another red number at 3 and produced the go-ahead birdie on the par-3 6th. This is the World No. 158's first start in the event but his strong stats for Birdies (23rd) and Eagles (8th) suggested it would be a good fit. That's certainly playing out so far.
Sep 20 - 2:29 PM

Playing his first competitive round in over a month, Sergio Garcia painted a 5-under-par 33-33=66 on day one of the Portugal Masters, his promising opening lap putting him in T4 on the leaderboard with the afternoon session now in play. UPDATE: Garcia was T6 at the end of the first round, three behind leader Lucas Herbert.

That's currently two swings back from joint-leaders Matt Wallace and Eddie Pepperell. Europe is holding its breath this week to see if Garcia can find some form ahead of the Ryder Cup and today's round will have eased some of those concerns. Sergio made the ideal start with birdie-3 at 10 and added further red numbers at 12 and 14. Coming home he outpaced bogeys at 3 and 7 with circles at 2, 5, 6 and 8. "I'm happy with it," he said. "Some really nice things, couple little shots here and there that I could have done better with but overall I felt liked I played a good level. It was nice to have a nice, solid round. The important thing for me today was that I stayed patient."
Sep 20 - 9:20 AM

Eddie Pepperell produced a burst of seven birdies in 10 holes to hoist up a 7-under-par 33-31=64 in round one of the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura, good enough for a piece of the early lead alongside fellow Englishman Matt Wallace. UPDATE: Pepperell ended day one in T2, a shot behind Lucas Herbert.

The two weren't playing partners today but both were part of the European Ryder Cup wildcard discussion despite missing out. Pepperell proved he'd got over that disappointment with T6 in last week's KLM Open to move up to 13th on the Race to Dubai and he continued the good play with his lowest first round of the season today. His scorecard shows he did it in three blocks. The World No. 55 opened with four pars from the 10th and then put his foot on the gas with birdies at 14, 15, 17, 1, 3, 4 and 5 to emerge on the home straight at 7-under. He had further looks but four closing pars ensured a piece of the lead with Wallace, the pair one clear of China's HaoTong Li.
Sep 20 - 9:09 AM

Matt Wallace twirled a bogey-free 7-under-par 32-32=64 in round one of the Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course, grabbing a piece of the clubhouse lead with Eddie Pepperell after the morning session. UPDATE: Wallace ended day one in T2, a shot behind Lucas Herbert.

Somewhat mischievously, the European Tour paired him with Sergio Garcia today, the Spaniard who got the Ryder Cup wildcard that Wallace didn't. "I was determined out there to play well, whether that was with Sergio or anyone else," said the Englishman later. "It's nice to do it with him as he's a cool guy." Wallace pulled out of last week's KLM Open late on but certainly had his freshness back today as he produced the scoring that has brought him three wins this season. Starting at 10th tee, the World No. 46 made a pair of pars and then took flight by chipping in for eagle-3 at 12. After picking up another shot at 15, he reeled off a trio of red numbers at 18, 1 and 2 before finding a final circle at the par-4 5th. This is his lowest opening lap of the season by a shot.
Sep 20 - 8:59 AM

Bryson DeChambeau arrives at the TOUR Championship this week at East Lake Golf Club looking to take home the $10 million prize for placing first in the FedExCup standings.

DeChambeau has gotten hot at the right time, rattling off victories at THE NORTHERN TRUST and Dell Technologies Championship before placing a respectable 19th last week at the soggy BMW Championship. There are just a handful of golfers headed to East Lake with a legitimate shot at the $10 million season prize, and DeChambeau has positioned himself well. He is decent in Driving Accuracy Percentage, ranking 87th, while checking in eighth on TOUR in Strokes Gained: Tee-to-Green. The latter is a very important stat at East Lake. Due to his pair of playoff wins, his DFS price is through the roof right now, but he is a solid option to build your roster around, especially in cash games.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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