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Rob Oppenheim had the highlight of the day during round one of the Zurich Classic, while him and his teammate Nate Lashley also managed a bogey-free, 8-under-par 31-33=64 to place themselves just four off the early pace.

This pairing settled for a par at the par-5 11th but still managed to play the par 5s at 5-under today. A large chunk of that came at the par-5 seventh where Oppenheim holed out from 262 yards for a rare albatross. Lashley didn't just sit on the sidelines and watch as he also contributed four birdies himself. Neither golfer played last year during the inaugural team edition of the Zurich Classic. Lashley is making his tournament debut while Oppenheim has a T64 (2016) on his TPC Louisiana resume. Both golfers currently sit outside the top 160 in the FedExCup race so a big week would go a long way towards securing future status.
Apr 26 - 9:13 PM

Irishmen Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry kept a clean card as they signed for a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-31=63 during round one of the Zurich Classic, heading into day two in a share of ninth place.

Starting on the back nine, it was Shane Lowry who caught fire early in the round, circling birdies at the 11th, 12th, 13th, and 16th. The highlight came at the par-4 12th where he stuck his 177-yard approach to two feet. Harrington took over from there as four of the last five birdies got credited to the three-time major champion. The most notable was a 20'3" birdie splash at the par-3 17th. This team didn't peg it last year at this event but they are taking a natural liking to the format.
Apr 26 - 9:04 PM

Paired with Brendon de Jonge at this week's Zurich Classic, Troy Merrit helped his team twirl a 10-under-par 31-31=62 during round one, just two spots off the pacesetters.

Playing the Four-Ball (best ball) format on day one, this team racked up 11 birdies to erase a lone bogey today. All (but one) of Merritt's birdies came from inside 15 feet but de Jonge was dialed in from downtown. The Zimbabwean holed out from 22'4" at the par-4 12th and also converted notable birdie putts from 18'4" and 32'0" throughout the round. This performance comes a bit out of the blue for de Jonge who hasn't recorded a top 50 since the 2016 Safeway Open (18 starts since). It will be interesting to watch how this pairing backs up this strong performance during tomorrow's round which will use the Foursomes (alternate shot) format.
Apr 26 - 8:57 PM

Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou joined forces to card a bogey-free, 12-under-par 30-30=60 during the opening round of the Zurich Classic, good for a share of the 18-hole lead alongside Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover.

These golfers both made news last fall when they became the first two Chinese-born golfers to earn PGA TOUR cards, both graduating from the Web.com Tour. Now they are trying to one-up those accomplishments and hot putting was the key. Zhang did most of the long-distance work, converting five birdies from outside 11 feet today, including a 27'6" birdie bomb at the par-4 fifth hole. Dou also added three circles from outside 11 feet, including a 30'11" bomb to walk-off in style. Neither golfer has led after any round on the PGA TOUR so this will be a new experience for both of them. Next up in round two, the format will switch to Foursomes (alternate shot).
Apr 26 - 8:23 PM

Last year's runner-up finishers, Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, tossed together a 10-under-par 30-32=62 during the opening round of the Zurich Classic, giving them an early share of third place on the leaderboard.

Playing the Four-Ball format today, this squad circled nine birdies and an eagle to erase a lone bogey. Last year in they recorded rounds of 64 and 60 during Four-Ball, so this falls right in the middle of those scores. The fireworks started early today as Kisner drained a 19'8" birdie at the par-4 first before Scott Brown set up (and converted) on an 11'2" eagle look at the par-5 second hole. The rest of the round was mostly steady ball-striking. These Aiken, South Carolina, residents have a long history of playing well together and should continue to contend throughout the week here at TPC Louisiana.
Apr 26 - 8:13 PM

Chad Campbell and his playing partner Matt Jones recorded a bogey-free, 9-under-par during round one of the Zurich Classic (Four-Ball format) to place themselves in contention after 18 holes.

Jones finished T22 here last year when paired with Ricky Barnes. Campbell did not play the inaugural team event last year but he does have a top 10 on his TPC Louisiana resume (T8, 2015). It was Campbell who provided most of the official scoring today, dropping in seven of the team's total of nine birdies. It was all about ball-striking as the duo converted just two birdie putts from outside nine feet and nothing from longer 16 feet. That stellar striking should bode well for round two when the format switches to Foursomes (alternate shot).
Apr 26 - 6:47 PM

Michael Kim and Andrew Putnam paired up to piece together a bogey-free, 10-under-par 32-30=62 while playing the Four-Ball format during round one of the Zurich Classic, good for a share of second place on the live leaderboard.

This team with West Coast ties tore through TPC Louisiana today. They opened their day on the back nine and the highlight of the round came around the turn when they rattled off seven straight birdies, beginning at the par-4 15th. Three of those circles came from 16 feet or longer, all of them rolled in by Andrew Putnam. The duo slowed their pace coming into the clubhouse but did pick off one more birdie at the remaining par 5. Both golfers entered the week ranked outside the top 100 in the FedExCup race so a top-heavy finish would go a long way toward securing some status for next season.
Apr 26 - 6:36 PM

Team TCU's J.J. Henry and Tom Hoge rattled off a bogey-free, 10-under-par 31-31=62 while playing Four-Ball during round one of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, good for an early spot inside the top 5.

Henry and Hoge started on the back nine today and did most of their early work from tee-to-green. Only two of their five outward birdies came from outside eight feet. After the turn, these Horned Frogs caught fire with the flat stick. Most notable was a 45'1" birdie bomb at the par-4 fifth hole (converted by Henry). They also piled on two others from outside 11 feet on their way into the clubhouse. A common theme with these Four-Ball rounds is that poor putters typically elevate their performance since their partners can often guarantee a par at worst. That was the case for Hoge & Henry who both entered the week ranked outside the top 160 in strokes gained putting.
Apr 26 - 3:45 PM
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