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Jordan Spieth squeezed the most scoring juice out of an average ball-striking round, signing for a 3-under-par 33-34=67 during the opening round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The Dallas native and resident split just six (of 14) fairways but still found 14 greens in regulation. Gusty conditions made it tough off the tee this afternoon, but six fairways hit is still well below field average. He managed his way around the course, though, missing in the right spots and rolling in some classic Spieth bombs. The first was a 20'8" birdie at the opening par-5 first. Later he splashed in a 25'2" long-distance birdie at the par-4 ninth. The Texas Longhorn product has opened his three previous appearances at Colonial Country Club with rounds of 65, 67, and 64. All three of those starts yielded top 15s, so Spieth is in great position through day one.
May 26 - 8:07 PM

Webb Simpson styled a 5-under-par 33-32=65 during the opening round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, placing him at T2 just one stroke off the leader Bryce Molder.

Simpson started on the back nine and splashed in four putts from outside five feet before making the turn at 3-under. That wouldn't be notable for most golfers, but the Wake Forest product entered the week ranked 184th in strokes gained putting as he continues to make the conversion to a non-anchored putting stroke. The flat stick really picked up steam on his inward nine, firing in a 21'8" birdie on the par-4 second and then a 19'4" birdie bomb on the par-4 fifth hole. Believers in the infamous nappy factor will place all the credit on Simpson's wife having their fourth child just two weeks ago. Regardless if that's true or not, Simpson is now a serious threat to contend this week, as long as the putter can remain relatively warm. He arrived with an 0-for-2 record at Colonial Country Club but this is his first visit since 2010. This also matches his low round of the season (Sony Open/R3; CareerBuilder/R2).
May 26 - 7:53 PM

Bill Haas survived a cold putter en route to a bogey-free, 3-under-par 33-34=67 during the first round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, placing him three strokes off the early pace set by Bryce Molder.

Haas split nine (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation, both more than 10 percent over the field average. Despite the great ball-striking, he couldn't convert on the greens, losing 2.336 strokes with the flat stick. His longest converted putt was a six-footer to save par at the par-4 fifth hole. Luckily, Haas didn't even need a putter on the par-3 eighth hole as he slam-dunked a 50'1" greenside bunker shot for birdie. The Wake Forest product owns top 25s in three of his last four starts here at Colonial Country Club, but he really needs to figure out the greens if he wants to remain in contention as the week progresses.
May 26 - 7:44 PM

Jonas Blixt grinded out a 3-under-par 32-35=67 to open his week at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The Swede started on the back nine today and rattled off nine straight pars before circling his first birdie. It wasn't stress-free by any means, as he saved par from outside six feet on four occasions, three of them from outside 10 feet. This is really a case of squeezing the most out of an average ball-striking round. Blixt has a pair of top 15s at this event, but this round goes in the books as his second-lowest loop at Colonial Country Club. Through 18 holes, he's in great position to rise up the leaderboard again, and may vault into course horse status if he can piece together a third top 15 here in Fort Worth, Texas.
May 26 - 7:17 PM

Making his second career start at Colonial Country Club, Jim Herman rattled off a 3-under-par 33-34=67 to open his week at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

Herman split nine (of 14) fairways but managed to land just 10 greens in regulation. His scrambling was on point, as he managed to square just one bogey on the round, missing a 12-foot par-saving attempt at the par-3 fourth hole. The highlight of the round came at the par-5 first hole when he splashed in from a greenside bunker to circle a birdie. Herman finished T33 in his DDI debut last year, and he's opened up four strokes better, this time around.
May 26 - 7:02 PM

David Hearn compiled a 3-under-par 33-34=67 to kick off his week at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The Canadian started on the back nine and circled birdies at the par-4 12th and par-4 14th holes, firing in putts from 9'2" and 12 feet. He found trouble in the rough on the par-4 17th, leading to one of his two bogeys on the round. The real highlight came right after the turn when he landed his 247-yard approach shot to 29'8" on the par-5 first and rolled it in a lengthy eagle. Hearn arrived at Colonial Country Club with a 4-for-5 record that included a pair of top 25s, and he's off and running again this week.
May 26 - 6:41 PM

Seung-Yul Noh steadied a bogey-free, 3-under-par 33-34=67 during the opening round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

Noh was right around field average in fairways hit and GIR percentage, but his flat stick carried him to a blemish-free round. His most notable highlights with the putter were 14'9", 18'0", and 13'6" putts at the par-4 fifth, par-3 eighth, and par-4 17th holes, respectively. He added three more par-savers from outside five feet. Noh walked off the course gaining 3.120 strokes with the putter. This navigation around Colonial Country Club was the 11th for Noh, and it goes in the books as his new low round, previously a 1-under 69 on four occasions.
May 26 - 6:00 PM

Kyle Reifers reaped the rewards of steady ball-striking, signing for a 4-under-par 34-32=66 during the opening round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

Reifers striped 11 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 greens in regulation. His lone blemish of the round came at the par-4 ninth hole when he found bunker trouble off the tee and left himself with 83 yards after two shots. It wasn't all ball-striking for the Wake Forest product, as he dialed in his putter from long distance coming into the clubhouse. First, it was a 53'10" birdie bomb at the par-4 14th hole and then closed out his round with a 36'1" birdie at the par-4 18th hole. This goes in the books as his lowest round at Colonial Country Club since an opening round 65 in 2012. He went on to finish T13 that week.
May 26 - 5:15 PM

Martin Piller pillaged the front nine of Colonial Country Club en route to a 4-under-par 30-36=66 to open his week at the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The Dallas native is making his tournament debut, but there is a very good chance the local boy has seen this venue many times prior to the week. He opened on the back nine, collected eight pars and squared one bogey before making the turn. The bogey came at the par-4 12th hole where he went bunker-to-bunker then splashed out for a tap-in bogey. The fireworks started on the inward nine as he engineered a three-hole birdie train starting at the par-5 first hole. All three putts coming from 7-to-13 feet. He wasn't done yet, as he circled three more birdies coming in and swallowed just one bogey in between. Piller recorded his first career top 10 earlier in the season at the Valero Texas Open, so he may be a plug-and-play at Texas events moving forward.
May 26 - 4:24 PM

Playing on his home course, Ryan Palmer pieced together a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, currently two strokes off the lead as the p.m. wave kick off their rounds.

The Colonial Country Club member looked comfortable from the start, rolling in an 18'1" birdie putt on the par-5 first hole to start the week. He followed it up with a circle at the next hole before finding a greenside bunker at the par-3 fourth hole, dropping his lone shot of the day. Palmer would splash home two more putts from long distance before exiting the course, both putts going for birdies and both from the 20-to-23 foot range. Palmer missed the cut here on his home course last year but he's off and running this time around.
May 26 - 4:02 PM

Patrick Reed torched Colonial Country Club with a 5-under-par 32-33=65 during the first round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invivational, just one stroke off the current leader Bryce Molder.

The Texan opened on the back nine and showcased his putter early and often. The first highlight was a 13'7" birdie splash at the par-4 12th hole. It was his first of six eventual putts made from outside 11 feet. The longest was a 39'5" birdie bomb on the par-4 seventh hole. Reed entered the week with eight top 10s on the season, despite ranking just 110th in strokes gained putting. Traditionally, that's been an asset for him, so gamers have been waiting for a putting breakout round like this one. Gamers should watch closely as the week progresses because if his flat stick stays warms, it could be a very lucrative summer for Reed.
May 26 - 3:43 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat found his groove again with a 4-under-par 33-35=68 on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England.

The Thai has had a mini dip in form since posting T16 at Augusta National but after missed cuts at The PLAYERS Championship and Byron Nelson, he's nicely placed here after circling five birdies against a single bogey at the West Course on Thursday. His dropped shot came at No. 3 but he was flawless after that and picked off birdies at 5, 7, 8, 10 and 15. In an impressive display of ball-striking, Aphibarnrat piped 11 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation. He's T8 on the leaderboard and just three behind Scott Hend, YE Yang and Joost Luiten.
May 26 - 3:36 PM

Jason Dufner dialed in his putter during the first round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, carding a 4-under-par 34-32=66 to sit just two strokes off the early pace set by Bryce Molder.

Dufner entered the event ranked just 168th in strokes gained putting, but managed to gain 66 percent of his strokes with the flat stick today (2.585 of 3.870 total). The Auburn product was uncharacteristically sloppy off the tee, missing nine (of 14) fairways and landing in bunkers off the tee on four occasions. Luckily his putter came to play, rolling in a pair of birdie bombs from just outside 23 feet. If Dufner can maintain this pace on the greens, his reliable ball-striking will surely come around as the week progresses.
May 26 - 3:21 PM

Richard Green painted a 5-under-par 32-35=67 on day one of the BMW PGA Championship and shares fourth place on the Wentworth leaderboard.

His wild ride around the West Course featured an eagle-3 at No. 4, seven birdies, four bogeys and just six pars. Green raced to 4-under with a birdie-eagle-birdie burst at Nos. 3-5 but then played his next 10 holes in 2-over to drop back. The left-hander wasn't done with yet though and birdied his final three holes to slot in just two shots behind leaders Scott Hend, YE Yang and Joost Luiten. In his joint-second lowest round at the Wentworth, Green found 7 (of 14) fairways, hit 12 greens in regulation but was only 2-for-6 in scrambling. He placed T48 in Ireland last week after missing his five previous cuts so this is another positive step for the Aussie.
May 26 - 2:58 PM

Harris English styled a 3-under-par 34-33=67 during the opening round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational.

The Georgia Bulldog opened on the back nine and caught fire quickly with the flat stick. He splashed home a 9'1" par-saver at the par-4 10th and proceeded to roll in four putts from outside 10 feet before making the turn. Two of those came from outside 17 feet, the longest being a 29'3" par-saving bomb at the par-4 15th hole. English has a pair of top 30s in three starts at Colonial Country Club, and it's easy to see why after looking at the way he rolled his rock today.
May 26 - 2:57 PM


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