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Marc Leishman piles on at the HP Byron Nelson 05-16-2013
Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman turned in a 4-under-par 32-34=66 for his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. He entered the week as one of the hottest golfers in the world, and he remains on that list tonight. The Aussie hit 16 greens in regulation at TPC Four Seasons today and erased a lone bogey with five birdies, four of which disappearing from outside 10 feet. The gem was a 22'1" conversion at the 14th hole. He also poured in a par save from 10'11" at 5. At the time he signed his card, he was low man of the afternoon wave and sat six strokes off the clubhouse lead.
J. Day ties personal high at TPC Four Seasons 05-16-2013
Jason Day
Jason Day settled for a 2-over-par 34-38=72 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Easily one of the favorites at TPC Four Seasons where he's recorded his only PGA TOUR victory (2010) and finished no lower than T9 (2012), the Aussie hit 13 greens in regulation today and converted three early birdies, but played his last 11 holes in birdie-free 5-over. He made a mess of the par-4 eighth en route to a double bogey before fanning on a pair of par attempts inside seven feet at Nos. 14 and 15. His last bogey was as a result of flying the green at the par-3 17th hole. Now, he's carded exactly one 72 in each of his three previous appearances (solo fifth, 2011), but there's no guarantee that he'll reel in another top 10 on a track where he's already 12 shots in arrears of the clubhouse leader.
M. Anderson a co-leader at BMW Charity Pro-Am 05-16-2013
Mark D. Anderson
Mark Anderson opened the Web.com Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am with a bogey-free, 32-31=63 at The Reserve at Lake Keowee, good for a share of the overnight lead in relation to par. Anderson is back in the minors after a failed rookie season on the PGA TOUR in 2012. He's cashed in three of six starts on the Web.com Tour this year but hasn't recorded a top 30. Today he ripped off an eagle and seven birdies in addition to going 4-for-4 in scrambling.
Swafford starts the BMW with nine birdies 05-16-2013
Hudson Swafford
Hudson Swafford enjoyed a bogey-free, 9-under-par 30-33=63 at The Reserve at Lake Keowee in his opening round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Web.com Tour. He settled for a T27 in his title defense of the Stadion Classic at UGA two weeks ago, but got right back on the horse today. Swafford missed just one fairway (of 14) and only one green in regulation. He birdied all four par 5s and secured a spot atop the overnight leaderboard (in relation to par) with three others.
Zack Miller rides two eagles to BMW co-lead 05-16-2013
Zack Miller
Zack Miller blitzed Thornblade Club for two eagles and five birdies en route to a bogey-free, 9-under-par 32-30=62 in his opening round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am on the Web.com Tour. Yes, he's the same Zack Miller that signed for a 92 after his second round of last year's Mayakoba Golf Classic on the PGA TOUR. Now relegated to the secondary circuit, he's 2-for-5 on the 2013 season but hasn't finished better than a T60 in Brazil. Thornblade has five par 3s, two of which he birdied today, and he played the set of four par 5s in 5-under. He's one of four to share the overnight lead in relation to par. The tournament is contested over three tracks; the other two are par 72s.
O'Hair makes the most of poor ball-striking 05-16-2013
Sean O'Hair
Despite hitting only 10 greens in regulation, Sean O'Hair mustered a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. O'Hair split just four (of 14) fairways as well, thus limiting his potential to go low -- ball-in-hand applies only in closely mown areas -- but it didn't matter. While he penciled in three bogeys, he more than offset with seven birdies. That lot included a 36'9" conversion at the par-4 10th hole -- his first of the day -- and a zero-putt eight-yarder from off the green at the par-3 13th. He signed hit card sitting six strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Piercy rekindles fire at TPC Four Seasons 05-16-2013
Scott Piercy
Scott Piercy posted a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, finishing six swings adrift of the clubhouse lead. Piercy's only payday in his last five starts was a forgettable T54 at the Masters, so today's score is a welcome surprise. He hit 15 greens at TPC Four Season and negotiated five birdies, including respective rolls from 27'5" and 10'7" at the second and ninth holes. His only misstep was a bogey at the par-4 third hole where he rinsed his tee ball.
Bae spins his lowest lid-lifter in 15 months 05-16-2013
Sang-Moon Bae
Sang-moon Bae carded a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Bae has cashed in 10 of 14 starts this season, but he's been stuck on one top 25 since a tie of eighth at the Northern Trust Open, which explains why he's just 95th in FedExCup points. Today he went 5-for-17 in birdie looks, including conversions of 15'5" and 30'2" at the fifth and 15th holes, respectively. Unfortunately, he couldn't submit a clean card due to a bogey at the par-4 eighth, the only hole where he didn't hit the green in regulation, but it's his lowest first round since a 65 at last year's Farmers. He signed today's card sitting six strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Will Claxton matches his low round of 2013 05-16-2013
Will Claxton opened the HP Byron Nelson Championship with a 4-under-par 35-31=66, finishing six strokes off the clubhouse lead. If there's such a thing as being due, Claxton epitomized it before today's effort. He arrived in Texas just 4-for-14 on the season. His lowest round was a closing 66 en route to a season-best T39 in Puerto Rico. He's fully exempt but sits 181st in FedExCup points. Today he hit 13 greens and limited the damage to a double bogey at the par-3 13th hole where he three-putted from 26'6". Elsewhere, he drilled home six birdies, including rolls from 11'3" and 11 feet at the 11th and eighth holes, respectively. The highlight of the round, however, was a chip-in for par from the rough nine yards away at 12.
Dufner's struggles continues on the greens 05-16-2013
Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner opened his title defense of the HP Byron Nelson Championship with an even-par 37-33=70. He split only five (of 14) fairways but found 13 greens in regulation at TPC Four Season today. Alas, he couldn't overcome four bogeys -- all on par 5s -- even with a hole-out for eagle from 129 yards at the par-4 first hole to begin his second nine. Dufner missed four putts inside 10 feet and signed his card with a strokes gained-putting split hovering around -2.000.
Knost returns with a bogey-free 68 in Texas 05-16-2013
Colt Knost
Colt Knost signed for a bogey-free, 2-under-par 34-34=68 following his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The product of nearby SMU called it quits from last week's PLAYERS prior to his second round due to back-related discomfort. He split 10 (of 14) fairways at TPC Four Seasons today and went 2-for-12 in birdie chances. However, his longest conversion of the day was a par save from 10'6" at the 12th hole. He's in dire need of a spark having cashed in just six of 14 starts this season with only one top 60 (T43, WM Phoenix Open).
Eagle hole-out accents C. Villegas' opener 05-16-2013
Camilo Villegas
Camilo Villegas posted a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The Colombian has grinded out a decent season despite conditional status. He's just 4-for-10 entering the week, but that slate includes three top 20s. He's 136th in FedExCup points. Villegas went 0-for-3 in scrambling at TPC Four Seasons today, but offset two bogeys and a double with seven birdies and an eagle hole-out from 95 yards at the par-5 16th. Three of his birdies fell in from 11 feet and beyond, the longest measuring 23'7" at 13. The last time he opened this low was at The Honda Classic, but he chased a first-round 64 with a 77 to miss the cut.
Cabrera enjoys his debut round at the Nelson 05-16-2013
Angel Cabrera
Angel Cabrera recorded a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, finishing five strokes off the clubhouse lead. The Argentine made his debut at TPC Four Seasons today. He split only five (of 14) fairways but hit 17 greens in regulation. He'd go on to circle six birdies, including conversions from 27'11", 21'3" and 46'2" at the 11th, 17th and fourth holes, respectively. His only mistake was a three-putt bogey from just outside 40 feet at the par-4 sixth.
Karlsson retains form at TPC Four Seasons 05-16-2013
Robert Karlsson
Robert Karlsson carded a 6-under-par 33-31=64 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Karlsson had the week off following a T4 at the Wells Fargo Championship, so he may have been flying under the radar upon arrival at TPC Four Seasons. He hit 14 greens in regulation today en route to seven birdies. The longest of the bunch measured just 12'3" at the fifth hole. The Swede suffered just one blemish, that a bogey at the par-4 eighth where he round the rough right of the fairway off the tee. However, he was still able to match a career low on the PGA TOUR carded twice before. He signed his card sitting four strokes off the clubhouse lead.
English goes low in his opener of the Nelson 05-16-2013
Harris English
Harris English opened the HP Byron Nelson Championship with a 6-under-par 33-31=64. He hit 16 greens in regulation and buried seven birdies, three of which from outside 10 feet at holes 16, 17 and 18. His only hiccup was a bogey-4 at the 13th hole. It's the lowest aggregate for which he's signed after the first round on the PGA TOUR. He's four shots off the clubhouse lead.
Bogey-free Potter, Jr. knocks in six birdies 05-16-2013
Henrik Norlander
Ted Potter, Jr. turned in a bogey-free, 6-under-par 30-34=64 for his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Since a share of 10th place at the Northern Trust Open, the lefty has gone virtually silent, missing five of seven cuts and logging no better than a T32 at Quail Hollow. Today at TPC Four Seasons, he went 6-for-16 in birdie opportunities. All of today's conversions found the cup from inside 10 feet. Potter, Jr. is four strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Schwartzel bogey-free in Byron Nelson opener 05-16-2013
Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel blistered TPC Four Seasons for seven birdies en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 32-31=63 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Schwartzel made quick work of the host track in his first competitive loop, hitting all 18 greens in regulation. He sunk all 17 chances inside 19 feet and added a 26'11" conversion for his final birdie of the round at the par-4 eighth hole. The South African signed his card sitting three strokes off the clubhouse lead.
K. Bradley cards course-record 60 at HPBNC 05-16-2013
Keegan Bradley
Keegan Bradley torched TPC Four Seasons for a course-record, 10-under-par 31-29=60 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. And that included two bogeys! Bradley entered the week having missed his last two cuts, so today's effort is a welcome return to form and then some. Under the lift, clean and place provision, he split nine (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens. Starting on the back side, he birdied 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 before swallowing a bogey at the par-4 18th. He then bogeyed the par-4 first from a fairway bunker before nearly running the table on the way in. His par breakers thereafter included an eagle-3 at No. 7 and birdies at 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9. His eagle and four of his birdies dropped in from outside 10 feet; the highlight was a 14-yard hole-out at the par-4 15th. It's the first course record of 2013 and the 28th 60 in PGA TOUR history. The previous course record at TPC Four Seasons was a 61 shared by four golfers, most recently by Cameron Beckman in 2010.
Ryan Palmer stakes very early lead at HPBNC 05-16-2013
Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer set the early clubhouse lead at the HP Byron Nelson Championship with a 5-under-par 34-31=65 in his opening round.

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Due to 1.51 inches of rain that fell overnight, lift, clean and place is in effect today. Palmer pounced, splitting 10 (of 14) fairways and hitting 17 greens in regulation. After a bogey-5 at the 12th hole -- his third of the round at TPC Four Seasons -- he played the remainder in bogey-free 6-under with six birdies. Five among the set dropped in from outside 10 feet, including respective conversions from 30'8", 31'6" and 29'7" at the 17th, fifth and ninth holes. In the last two editions of this tournament, Palmer opened with a 65 (2011) and a 64 (2012) en route to a solo second and T9, respectively. He's also fresh off a T5 at THE PLAYERS and is just one week removed from the sudden death of a long-time friend.