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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

Ball-striking specialists Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover pieced together a bogey-free, 12-under-par 31-29=60 during the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, good for sole possession of the lead as the morning wave comes to an end.

Both golfers entered the week ranked outside the top 115 in strokes gained putting, but today's Four-Ball format relieved some of the pressure on the greens and it showed in a big way. Before their day was done, this team rattled home nine putts from outside 10 feet, including five from outside 19 feet. With alternate shot on the docket tomorrow, these golfers won't have the same stress-free nature on the greens but today's round surely will have added to their confidence tank. Given their elite ball-striking reputations, this team is now in prime position to contend over the weekend here in NOLA.
Apr 26 - 2:53 PM

Playing Four-ball in round one of the Zurich Classic, Tommy Fleetwood and Chris Paisley joined forces to submit a bogey-free, 10-under-par 31-31=62, good for an early seat inside the top 3 as the afternoon wave gets their day started.

This English partnership produced 10 birdies while taking on TPC Louisiana today. Early conditions were a bit tough with rain coming down, but they turned up the scoring starting at the par-4 fifth hole, going 9-under over their last 14 holes. Paisley rattled off a run of WIN-T5-5 to open the 2018 calendar year. He's cooled off a bit with some time off but he looks to be right back on track today. Currently ranked 15th in the Race to Dubai standings, Paisley has the luxury of taking some chances Stateside.
Apr 26 - 2:33 PM

Tiger Woods has thrown his name into the field for next week's Wells Fargo Championship, his first time playing the event since 2012.

Woods theme of the season is "reps" and this event gives him a nice warmup opportunity before THE PLAYERS. The 42-year-old started his career at Quail Hollow with finishes of T3-T11-WIN-4th before missing the cut in 2010 and 2012. The course will call for plenty of drivers which will at least give Woods some tournament practice with that club that has been wayward for him, most of the season. He currently ranks 35th in driving distance but just 202nd in driving accuracy. With four top 15s in six visits to the course, Woods should be strongly considered in all fantasy formats next week.
Apr 26 - 2:18 PM

Tony Finau and Daniel Summerhays combined to post a bogey-free, 10-under-par 32-30=62 during round one of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Playing Four-Ball (best ball) on day one, this duo circled birdies on all four of the par 5s and picked up five birdies on the par 4s. Finau is still not 100 percent healed from his ankle injury but recently said "he's real close" on an Instagram video that showed him working with the Utah Jazz training staff. These Utah natives have a long history together, with Summerhays' brother (Boyd) even acting as Finau's coach. Their chemistry could help them remain in the mix this week. A top-heavy finish would mean a lot more for Summerhays this week as he's playing the season on conditional status after finishing 131st in the FedExCup standings last year.
Apr 26 - 2:08 PM

Martin Piller has withdrawn just ahead of this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans. First alternate Denny McCarthy will take his place and play alongside Joel Dahmen.

Piller entered the week on baby watch. This early WD means that his wife, LPGA pro Gerina, might be going into labor. This won't come as a surprise to anyone that has been monitoring the Texan all year and certainly won't be a surprise to his partner, Joel Dahmen. When Dahmen asked him to play, Piller warned him that the date was awfully close to when Gerina was due. Piller's wife gave him the go ahead to return at the Wells Fargo Championship but Piller's plans are to wait until the AT&T Byron Nelson, giving him some time to enjoy his new title of dad.
Apr 26 - 9:01 AM

World No. 197 Marcus Kinhult found birdies easy to come by in round one of the Volvo China Open at Topwin G&CC; he made seven of them in a 4-under-par 33-35=68 and ended day one in a tie for eighth.

Three bogeys on his card stopped him getting higher and the Swede is four back from leader Daxing Jin of China. Still, that's a good day's work for Kinhult and puts him in position to snap a streak of four missed cuts since he found some hot form at the start of the campaign with T12 in the South African Open, T16 in Oman and solo third at the Qatar Masters. His birdies today came at 3, 5, 6 and 8 on the front nine and at 11, 15 and 18 on the back. He dropped three shots, the most frustrating on the par-5 6th hole, but notably hit back with birdie on the very next hole each time. Kinhult missed the cut in his one start at this venue two years ago but has a pair of top six finishes in China at the Challenge Tour's Hainan Open (2016 and 2017).
Apr 26 - 7:57 AM

Julien Guerrier has made the most of strong opening laps so far this season and he's in position to thrive again after firing a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 in round one of the Volvo China Open at Topwin G&CC.

That's four back from leader Daxing Jin and gives him a spot inside the top 10 (T8) after the first day in Beijing. Guerrier has shot three opening laps in the 60s this year, 69 in Oman, 69 in the Tshwane and 67 in the Open de Espana two weeks ago. He turned those into respective finishes of 3-38-9 so the omens are good following his 68 today. He achieved it with a strong spell of scoring either side of the turn with four birdies (6, 8, 11 and 12) in a seven-hole burst. It was pars the rest of the way for the improving World No. 166, who is 65th on this year's Race to Dubai.
Apr 26 - 7:45 AM

David Lipsky again showed his liking for Topwin Golf & CC, authoring a 4-under-par 33-35=68 to end round one of the Volvo China Open in a tie for eighth spot, four shots in arrears of pacesetter Daxing Jin.

The American has finished T9 (2016) and T24 (2017) in the two editions held at the Beijing course and he's now broken par in all nine laps. Six of those have been in the 60s. Starting his morning from 10th tee, Lipsky followed an opening par with back-to-back circles at 11 and 12. He continued his steady progress by ticking 18, 3 and 6 to hit 5-under but had a slightly disappointing 5-5-4 finish, the first number in that sequence representing his only bogey of the day.
Apr 26 - 7:35 AM

Jason Scrivener shot his best score at Topwin G&CC, hoisting up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round one of the Volvo China Open to slot in at T6 after 18 holes in Beijing.

That's three swings behind leader Daxing Jin. The Australian closed with a 68 to post T44 on his Topwin debut in 2016 but missed the cut last year. He does have some good form in the region after making the top 10 at both the 2015 and 2016 Hong Kong Opens. Today, afternoon starter Scrivener flew out of the gate with birdies at three of his opening four holes before dropping his only shot of the day at the short par-4 5th hole. He got that back immediately and then played par golf the rest of the way aside from two more red numbers on the par 5s at 12 and 18. The World No. 172 is 72nd on this year's Race to Dubai, his biggest cheque coming via T6 in the Dubai Desert Classic.
Apr 26 - 7:26 AM

Nino Bertasio cashed in on the easy scoring conditions in round one of the Volvo China Open, handing in a bogey-free 7-under-par 33-32=65 to finish the opening day in T2 and just a shot back from leader Daxing Jin.

Bertasio shot 75-74 to miss the cut at Topwin Golf &CC last year but it was a different story today for the World No. 277. Despite making birdie at just one of the four par 5s, the Italian sprinkled seven red numbers on his card and that included a trio of deuces at 2, 6 and 13. Bertasio also made gains at 8, 10, 11 and 14 as he birdied half of his opening 14 holes before finishing off with four pars. "It was quite easy to be honest," said Bertasio. "I just hit them close all day. I had like four tap-ins for birdie and chances all day and I made a couple and here I am. It was stress-free golf. I hope I can keep my irons as sharp as I did today which makes it quite easy because the greens are quite slopey."
Apr 26 - 7:18 AM

Scott Jamieson thrashed a first round 5-under-par 34-33=67 in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing.

The Scot lunched three swings back of the clubhouse pacesetter Daxing Jin who had thrilled the home galleries. For much of the circuit Jamieson had merely been toying with the card. He started from the tenth and scratched 14 pars and two birdies (at 13 and 15). It was a smooth effort, but he was some way behind the leaders. After finding the fairway at the 558-yard par-5 eighth he changed that in some style and very nearly magnificently. His 3-wood approach to the green landed softly to a front right pin, was always going to be close and, as it ran out of puff, curled towards the pin, falling just 12 inches short of a double eagle-2. As it was he tapped in for an eagle-3 and followed it with a birdie-3 at the ninth.
Apr 26 - 4:28 AM

Scott Vincent blitzed Topwin Golf &CC with a first round 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the Volvo China Open which left him just two shots behind early clubhouse leader Daxing Jin.

The Zimbabwean missed the cut on his last European Tour outing, the Indian Open in February. But it was a case of buyer beware because he had form on the Japan Tour just last week: T4 in the Panasonic Open. He closed that out with a 66 and repeated the trick on Thursday. Yet his first move was backwards: a bogey at the second. He compensated quickly and in style: birdie-birdie at 3 and 4. Moreover he ticked the seventh and then made eagle-3 at the 558-yard par-5 eighth. The back nine was not so spectacular, but there were no errors and he circled 13 and 15. The 66 equals his previous ET low round score (second round of the 2018 SA Open when T4).
Apr 26 - 4:21 AM

Alex Bjork kept his foot to the metal with an opening lap of 6-under-par 32-34=66 in the Volvo China Open at Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing, two swings behind early clubhouse leader Daxing Jin.

The Swede closed last week's Trophee Hassan II with three strong rounds which earned him T3 and he seems in the mood to continue that form. It's a definite improvement on his only previous effort on the course: 73-74 12 months ago. His error-free effort opened with five straight pars before he made an eagle-2 at the 327-yard par-4 15th. Keen to maintain the pace he ticked 16 and 18 before the turn. Again he was slow from the traps on the front nine, with four pars, but finished swiftly, making birdie at 5 and 8.
Apr 26 - 4:15 AM

Matt Wallace torched Topwin Golf & CC in Beijing with a first round 7-under-par 32-33=65 to lie second in the clubhouse, one behind Daxing Jin, at the Volvo China Open.

Two missed cuts have followed his victory in the Indian Open, but last week in Morocco he was feeling a little unwell ahead of the first round so perhaps he is over that now. He's certainly in with a good shout of making the weekend. His front nine, the back, saw few pars. He ticked back-to-back at 11 and 12, then went birdie-bogey-birdie-birdie to complete the half-lap. On the front nine he found a shot at No. 3 but gave it back at the next. Then he launched a superb long iron from the rough at the 558-yard par-5 eighth to 10'0" and holed for eagle. Still high, he ticked the ninth for good measure.
Apr 26 - 4:08 AM


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