Due to inclement weather in the area, round one of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational has been suspended, with no timetable for the length of the delay.
The horn sounded at 8:29 a.m. CT, just moments after Emiliano Grillo tapped in for birdie at the par-5 11th hole. The Argentine managed to land the green in two on the lengthy 635-yard hole. It was his second hole of the round and also his second circle, splashing in a birdie from 14'2" on the par-4 10th. There is no timetable for play to resume, but we will keep you updated as this thunderstorm passes through Colonial Country Club.
Despite a back-nine wobble, Shane Lowry posted a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in round one of the BMW PGA Championship.
With three top sixes and a T12 in his last five starts at Wentworth, Lowry is one of the favorites to take victory this week and justified that status by cruising to 4-under after eight pars and birdies at 2, 4, 7 and 12. A bogey at 13 halted his momentum and he then shipped two more shots with a double bogey-5 at 14. However, the Irishman recovered with birdies at 15 and 18 to shoot his fourth straight round in the 60s over the West Course after closing 67-67-69 to finish T6 last year. Last year's WGC-Bridgstone Invitational winner piped 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and took 27 putts. He was 2-for-4 from sand. On the live leaderboard he's T6, four shots behind leaders Scott Hend and YE Yang.
YE Yang recovered from an opening bogey to paint a 7-under-par 32-33=65 on day one of the BMW PGA Championship in England and shares the clubhouse lead with Scott Hend.
Yang has two missed cuts and a T54 from the only three events he's played since January but he was on the money again today. After dropping a shot at No. 1 and following it with two pars, the Korean birdied eight of the West Course's final 15 holes. His set included gains at all four par 5s (4, 12, 17 and 18) while he also picked up shots at 5, 6, 8 and 13. The 2009 PGA Championship winner had previously opened with 68 in two of his three appearances in this event so has a habit of starting fast at Wentworth. He faded both times but did manage T22 last year. Yang made the most of his good play today with 5-for-6 scrambling stats and needed just 24 putts. He split 10 (of 14) fairways. "I'm happy today," says the Korean. "Everything was good, driving, second shots, putting. I watched this tournament a bit growing up and saw it was sometimes rainy, windy, it's difficult, so difficult, but today was perfect weather."
Scott Hend torched the West Course at Wentworth for a 7-under-par 31-34=65 on Thursday, good enough for the clubhouse lead on day one of the BMW PGA Championship.
The Aussie's collection of eight birdies included three '2's while he responded from his only dropped shot of the day with another at the 16th. Hend missed the cut in Ireland last week but had a run of 12-6-4 prior to that and also won the True Thailand Classic in March. This is just his second start at Wentworth and his opening 65 today was 14 shots better than his last lap which naturally led to a missed cut 12 months ago. The 43-year-old started fast with birdies at four of the first seven holes and kicked on again with further gains at 10, 12 and 13. A bogey at the long par-4 15th halted his charge but a birdie-par-par finish secured the lead. Some loose driving (he was just 4-for-14 in fairways hit) didn't really hurt him today as he was still able to hit 15 greens in regulation.
First-round specialist Jaco Van Zyl was quick out of the blocks again on Thursday, shooting a 5-under-par 32-35=67 to take the clubhouse lead on day one of the BMW PGA Championship.
In his last 11 worldwide starts, the South African has led/co-led after round one in three and been inside the top 10 in five others. He's on course to add to that record after recovering from an opening bogey to shoot his lowest score in five starts at Wentworth. Van Zyl connected four straight birdies from the 4th hole and made further gains on the back-nine par 5s at 12 and 17. He hit 14 greens in regulation today after piping 9 (of 14) fairways and was 3-for-4 in scrambling. Although he holds the clubhouse lead, Scott Hend is two shots in front at 7-under with a hole to play.
Two-time winner Luke Donald hung up a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round at the BMW PGA Championship.
We've come to expect this from the Englishman at Wentworth where he's finished in the top three in five of the last eight years. Donald also started with a 68 when defending the title in 2012 and repeated the feat today via six birdies against two bogeys. After three opening pars, the 38-year-old made his move by circling red at 4, 5 and 8 before dropping a shot at 9. He picked up the pace again with birdies at 10 and 12 and wiped out a bogey at 15 with a final gain at the par-5 18th. On the live leaderboard, Donald is in T4 and just a shot off the clubhouse lead held by Jaco Van Zyl. In his morning round, he split 7 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and was 3-for-5 in scrambling.
Alexander Levy completed just 18 holes at last week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and has now withdrawn from this week's BMW PGA Championship.
The Frenchman entered last week's Irish Open on the heels of four straight top 35s so he was just rounding back into form. Instead, he had to call it quits after one round at The K Club. Today, he alerted his followers on Twitter by saying, "So sad to withdraw from one of my favorite tournament on @EuropeanTour .. The @BMWPGA." European Tour press officers, at Wentworth, have confirmed that the injury is to his wrist and it is unclear how long he will be out of the game. For now remove him from any fantasy rosters.
Seung-Yul Noh is in Fort Worth, Texas for this week's DEAN & DELUCA Invitational at Colonial Country Club.
This is the 24-year-old's fourth appearance with a best of T31 on debut in 2012. He missed the cut last year by five after rounds of 72-74. Noh is fully exempt on TOUR thru the end of this season from his lone title at the 2014 Zurich Classic, but needs to get on with it. He enters the week 122nd in the FedExCup standings with 11 cashes on 18 starts and a season-best T17 at the CareerBuilder back in January. The Korean ranks 170th on TOUR in total driving, 145th in ball-striking and 158th in scrambling.