Danny Lee tossed up a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National, finishing four shots back of the pace of the clubhouse co-leaders.
Lee missed the cut at The Open Championship to extinguish a spurt that was sparked by his breakthrough victory at Greenbrier and validated with a T3 at the John Deere Classic. Today at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, the South Korean covered a bogey-6 at the fifth hole with five birdies, including conversions from 29'8" and 21'6" at Nos. 17 and 9, respectively. However, the highlight of his round was an unusual par at the par-3 11th. After sailing his tee ball long and left of the green, his second came to rest on the other side of the green and in the rough. From there, 29 yards from the hole, Lee connected on a chip-in. (You can view the shot at the link below.) Today's aggregate is his ninth consecutive sub-70 in the U.S. and 12th in his last 13 rounds.
Justin Hicks signed for a 1-under-par 37-34=71 following his opening round of the Web.com Tour's Utah Championship.
Back in action for the first time anywhere since missing the cut at the Valero Texas Open four months ago, Hicks split 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation at Golf Club at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, Utah, today. He traded four birdies with three bogeys. He wasn't eligible on merit for this week's Quicken Loans National, so it's not logically airtight to proclaim his appearance on the Web.com Tour as a rehab start, but it would appear that it's the case given his time away. Last we knew, he was having issues with a sore hip, but we're still awaiting confirmation on that.
Ryo Ishikawa authored a bogey-free, 8-under-par 30-33=63 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National, good for a share of the clubhouse lead with two-time Presidents Cup teammate Retief Goosen.
This was a round to remember in multiple ways for the 23-year-old from Japan. He missed four (of 14) fairways and four greens in regulation but connected six birdies beginning at the par-5 14th hole. The string featured conversions from 23 feet, 17'6" and 16'8" at Nos. 16, 17 and 18, respectively. After pars at the par-4 second and third holes, Ishikawa jarred his tee ball at the par-3 fourth with an 8-iron from 178 yards. (You can view the shot at the link below.) At last check, he ranked third in both strokes-gained stats. The ace is his second on the PGA TOUR. His first occurred on the par-3 eighth hole of Trump International Golf Club in the third round of the 2013 Puerto Rico Open.
Kevin Chappell crafted a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-33=64 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National, finishing one stroke off the clubhouse lead.
Chappell striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation en route to seven birdies at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club today. He poured in seven birdies, including looks from 41'1" and 12 feet at Nos. 18 and 2, respectively. At last check, he led the field in strokes gained: tee-to-green with a clip of 5.624. Today's aggregate equals his season low; it's the third occurrence.
Rickie Fowler punctuated a 4-under-par 34-33=67 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National with a hole-in-one at the par-3 ninth hole.
He three-jacked the par-5 eighth hole for bogey, and then laced a 7-iron from 184 yards at the last for the ace. (You can view the shot at the link below.) Overall, Fowler hit 13 greens in regulation and added four birdies, the longest from 12'10" at the par-4 13th. He's four swings adrift of the clubhouse lead. Incidentally, today's 1 is his second in 141 PGA TOUR starts as a pro. The first occurred in the final round of the 2009 Frys.com Open at Grayhawk Golf Club. He holed his tee ball on the par-3 fifth from 211 yards that day and would eventually lose in a playoff to Troy Matteson. That's the same tournament in which Jamie Lovemark's approach on the first hole in the playoff landed in the water and hopped onto dry land. Lovemark went on to save par on the hole before also getting clipped by Matteson on the next hole.
Jason Bohn fashioned a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-34=67 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National, finishing four strokes off the clubhouse lead.
While he didn't convert on a birdie try from 11-and-a-feet on the par-4 18th hole when play resumed following a weather delay of one hour and 37 minutes, the 42-year-old won't complain his overall effort. He went 7-for-7 in scrambling and circled four birdies. His longest conversion dropped for par, however, from 12 feet at the par-4 17th. Bohn arrived in Gainesville, Virginia, in terrific form, evident in top 15s in his last two starts. He's 36th in the FedExCup standings.
Antonio Hortal carded a 9-under-par 33-30=63 to take a one-shot lead after the first round of the rescheduled Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI.
It's no surprise to see the Spaniard leading at Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra as he finished T3 in this event last year. Today, he started slowly with two pars and a bogey in his opening three holes but an eagle-3 at 7 along with birdies at 5 and 9 took him to the turn in 3-under. But it was on the back nine that the 26-year-old really came alive as he circled birdies at 10, 11, 13, 14, 16 and 17 to surge to the top of the leaderboard. He's one shot clear of fellow Spaniard Nacho Elvira and two in front of New Zealand's Ryan Fox and Frenchman Sebastien Gros. An eight-man group on 5-under -- that's four shots back -- includes Portugal's Ricardo Santos. Extreme weather conditions caused the cancellation of the original tournament in March.
Justin Leonard enjoyed a 7-under-par 31-33=64 in today's opening round of the Quicken Loans National.
He missed only two (of 14) fairways but totaled just 13 greens in regulation at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club today. However, Leonard squared only one bogey, that a 4 at the ninth hole where he concluded his round. Play was suspended after he found the rough left of the green at the par 3. Prior to it, he converted on eight of his looks to break par, four disappearing from outside 12 feet. The longest ran 38-and-a-half feet at the par-4 sixth. At last check, Leonard led the field in strokes gained: putting at 5.190. This is his lowest aggregate on the PGA TOUR since he opened the 2012 Shriners with the same. His signed today's card positioned one stroke back of the clubhouse lead.