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Bowditch tied 5th after Greenbrier 1st round 07-04-2013
Steven Bowditch
Steven Bowditch opened his week at The Greenbrier Classic with a 5-under-par 30-35=65 and finds himself in a tie for fifth. Bowditch enjoyed seven birdies to just two bogeys on his lap around The Old White TPC, including a stretch of four consecutive circles on the card beginning with the par-4 sixth. He landed 17 GIR and netted over two strokes on the field with his flat stick. That formula works in any tournament on any course.
McNeill putts his way to a 66 at Greenbrier 07-04-2013
George McNeill
George McNeill spun a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the first round of The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC. McNeill entered the week 110th in the FedExCup standings, so a solid week would go a long way towards locking up a tee time at The Barclays for the FedExCup playoffs. He gained just shy of four strokes with his flat stick, which stands out for a guy not known as the smoothest putter on TOUR. If he keeps that up, expect him to be a factor long into the weekend.
Mickelson continues poor play at Greenbrier 07-04-2013
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson stumbled to a 4-over-par 35-39-74 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic. His afternoon at The Old White TPC included four birdies, five bogeys and a triple-bogey eight at the par-5 17th. Lefty's missed his previous two cuts in this event and looks to be headed for a similar fate this week. It seems no matter his current form, this course just doesn't fit his eye.
Potter Jr opens with 69 in Greenbrier defense 07-04-2013
Henrik Norlander
Ted Potter Jr. posted a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in the first round of his title defense at The Greenbrier Classic. He played in the all-lefty group, alongside Bubba Watson and Phil Mickelson. Bubba topped him by one, but he got the best of Mickelson by five strokes. Potter Jr. is clearly comfortable with the lines at The Old White TPC, missing just one fairway and landing 14 GIR.
Glover hits 16 GIR; needs 37 putts in opener 07-04-2013
Lucas Glover
Lucas Glover settled for a 2-over-par 38-34=72 in the first round of The Greenbrier Classic, taking 37 putts to get around The Old White TPC. Glover was excellent with his ball-striking, splitting 12 (of 14) fairways to go with 16 GIR. The most graphic example of his struggles with the flat stick came at the par-3 15th. After hitting his tee shot to 5'9", he proceeded to four putt for double bogey. In that sequence he missed a 12 inch and a 22 inch putt. In some ways this is a microcosm of his season and career. When he putts, he's dangerous to the field. When he doesn't putt, he's just dangerous to himself.
Steele gets around The Old White TPC in 66 07-04-2013
Brendan Steele
Brendan Steele is one of a large group of players to post a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in teh first round of The Greenbrier Classic. Steele opened his day on the par-4 10th with a bogey. That would be it for the blemishes, as he would spend the rest of his afternoon at The Old White TPC tacking on five birdies. His irons led the way with 14 GIR.
Eight birdies for Ridings @ The Old White TPC 07-04-2013
Tag Ridings
Tag Ridings took it low in his opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, signing for a 5-under-par 31-34=65. Ridings blitzed The Old White TPC for eight birdies, but surrendered three bogeys. Included in that was a run of four consecutive birdies on the par-4 fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh holes. He was throwing darts, as all of them fell from inside 12 feet. He finished his round with a 10'1" birdie on the par-5 17th and an 11'2" deuce on the par-3 18th.
Lancaster chasing first TOUR top 10 since '07 07-04-2013
Neal Lancaster
Neal Lancaster is splitting time between the PGA TOUR and the Champions Tour in 2013, and showed no rust with a 5-under-par 32-33=65 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic. Lancaster navigated The Old White TPC without a blemish, circling birdies on five different par 4s. The highlight was a 53'4" birdie on the 13th. It was so good he didn't even bother walking to the hole to pick it up. His last top 10 on the PGA TOUR was a T6 at the 2007 John Deere Classic, so it will be interesting to see what kind of pace he keeps the remainder of the week.
Love III back; opens with 67 at Greenbrier 07-04-2013
Davis Love III
Davis Love III was charging up the leaderboard at the start of his opening round at The Greenbrier Classic, then settled for a 3-under-par 32-35=67. DL3 began his day on the back nine, circling five birdies to just one bogey on the inward nine at The Old White TPC. He added a sixth birdie at the par-4 first, but leaked oil with two bogeys the rest of the way. After pulling out of AT&T National with a hip injury following a first-round 83, gamers can rest assured that his health is fine.
Kokrak signs for 66 at The Greenbrier Classic 07-04-2013
Jason Kokrak
Jason Kokrak crafted a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the first round of The Greenbrier Classic and finds himself four strokes off Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner's lead. Kokrak stumbled at The Old White TPC's first hole, settling for a bogey, before playing his remaining 17 holes without a blemish. Each of his five birdies fell from inside 12 feet. He found just eight (of 14) fairways and 12 GIR, but managed to avoid catastrophe well.
Lunde a factor at The Old White TPC; 4-under 07-04-2013
Bill Lunde
Bill Lunde posted a solid 4-under-par 31-35=66 in the opener of The Greenbrier Classic. Lunde opened with a bogey on the par-4 first, then rebounded to circle six birdies on his next 15 holes to just one bogey. Highlighting the round at The Old White TPC was a 37'8" birdie on the par-4 second and a 27'11" birdie on the par-4 ninth. He's bidding to make just his second cut of the year on the PGA TOUR, and the putter is a big reason why his round was a success. He gained just under five strokes relative to the field with the flat stick at the time he signed his card.
Summerhays fires 65 in Greenbrier first round 07-04-2013
Daniel Summerhays
Daniel Summerhays polished off a 5-under-par 34-31=65 with a birdie on the par-4 ninth to put his first round of The Greenbrier Classic in the books. Summerhays didn't have any trouble finding birdies on The Old White TPC, circling eight on the afternoon, but did give back three bogeys. He was quite the opportunist considering he hit just 10 GIR, putting to a 1.30 average. After beginning his round on the 10th hole with three consecutive birdies, he ended it with back-to-back birdies. At 123rd in the FedExCup standings, it is important that he continues on this path for the remainder of the week and lock up his 2013-14 PGA TOUR card.
Mathis starts fast at The Greenbrier Classic 07-04-2013
David Mathis
David Mathis peeked his head up in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, spinning a 4-under-par 30-36=66. It's been a terrible year for the veteran up until this point, making just seven of 18 cuts and missing 10 of his last 13. For 12 holes, none of that mattered. He opened his day at The Old White TPC with five birdies on his first 12 holes, then gave back his only stroke of the day at the par-3 15th. Ball-striking was the key, splitting every fairways and missing just one GIR.
Beljan's The Old White TPC return ends in 72 07-04-2013
Charlie Beljan
Charlie Beljan was a contender until the end of The Greenbrier Classic in 2012, but opens with a 2-over-par 35-37=72 in the first round of this year's stop in West Virginia. Beljan withrdew from last week's AT&T National following a 13-over 84, with an elbow injury the stated excuse. He managed to improve by 12 strokes in just a week, so his health does not seem to be a question mark. His putter does, surrendering almost two strokes to the field with the flat stick despite splitting all but one of The Old White TPC's fairways and finding 14 GIR.
Taylor signs for a 71 at The Old White TPC 07-04-2013
Vaughn Taylor
Vaughn Taylor posted a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the first round of The Greenbrier Classic. Taylor withdrew after his opening round at AT&T National citing a back injury. The setback coincided with an 8-over-par 79. His lap around The Old White TPC included two birdies and three bogeys, hitting 12 GIR in the process.
Sabbatini back in action at The Old White TPC 07-04-2013
Rory Sabbatini
Rory Sabbatini turned in an even-par 35-35=70 in the first round of The Greenbrier Classic. Sabbatini pulled out of the opening round of AT&T National citing a back injury after playing his first 12 holes in 8-over-par. That he's back a week later at The Old White TPC reassures his fans and owners that the injury was not a serious one. A birdie and an eagle erased three bogeys on the day, but he needs to tighten up a putter that gave over two strokes back to the field.
Oosthuizen returns w/ 67 in Greenbrier opener 07-04-2013
Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen spun a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic. This is the South African's first action since pulling out of the U.S. Open at Merion with a hip injury. Starting on the back nine, his lap around The Old White TPC was blemish-free featuring birdies on the par-4 14th, fifth and sixth holes. He split 11(of 14) fairways and found 15 GIR, while picking up over a stroke with the putter. All systems seem to be a go.
Jin Park fires career-low 64 at Greenbrier 07-04-2013
Jin Park
Jin Park jumped out of the gates at The Greenbrier Classic with a 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the opening round. Park circled seven birdies and squared one bogey in what proved to be the lowest round of his PGA TOUR career. His previous best was a 66 and has happened twice, most recently at the 2008 John Deere Classic. The putter was the difference at The Old White TPC, gaining over five strokes on the field with the flat stick. At 188th in the FedExCup standings, his success is coming at a critical time on the schedule.
Wagner settles for lead at The Old White TPC 07-04-2013
Johnson Wagner
Johnson Wagner had everyone on 59 watch during the first round of The Greenbrier Classic before settling for an 8-under-par 29-33=62 and a share of the lead with Tommy Gainey. Wagner circled birdies on six of his first 11 holes, then chipped in for eagle from 28 yards on the par-5 12th. At that point, he only needed to find three more birdies on his last six holes to join the small list of players to crack 60 in a PGA TOUR event. It wouldn't come to fruition, as he settled for six pars to end his day at The Old White TPC. Today's performance came from out of nowhere, has he hasn't cashed a check in a PGA TOUR event since the RBC Heritage in April. During that span, his lowest round was a 69 at Colonial.
W. Simpson makes early Greenbrier statement 07-04-2013
Webb Simpson
An expected contender this week, Webb Simpson opened The Greenbrier Classic with a 6-under-par 33-31=64. Simpson finished inside the top 10 in each of the last two stops at The Old White TPC, so his six birdies with the absence of a blemish was to nobody's surprise. He began his round on the 10th hole and quickly picked up birdies on the 12th, 14th and 15th. After turning, he heated up again to grab three birdies in succession beginning with the par-3 third. He split 12 (of 14) fairways and landed 14 GIR.
Gainey leads at Greebrier with 8-under-par 62 07-04-2013
Tommy Gainey
Tommy Gainey blitzed The Old White TPC for a bogey-free 8-under-par 30-32=62 and leads The Greenbrier Classic. While Gainey hasn't done much this season, his appearance on the leaderboard of this event is keeping with the history an unpredictable contenders. His birdies came in bunches, rattling two off in his first two holes before tacking on four consecutive beginning with the par-3 eighth and ending at the par-4 11th. He added a seventh birdie when he chipped in from 14 yards on the par-4 16th and a final birdie at the par-5 17th from 10'2". He only missed one of 14 fairways on his successful morning trot. The winner of The McGladrey Classic in 2012 has been without a top 10 since the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to start the year, and has never finished inside the top 50 in this event.
de Jonge off to quick start at Greenbrier 07-04-2013
Brendon de Jonge
Brendon de Jonge circled The Old White TPC in bogey-free 4-under-par 31-35=66 and is the first man to reach the clubhouse at The Greenbrier Classic at that mark. Once again de Jonge is showing up on a leaderboard early in a tournament. He circled a modest four birdies, with three of them dropping from outside 11 feet including a 24'2" effort on the par-3 third early in his round. He entered the week ranked 23rd in scoring average before the cut, so his fast start isn't a surprise. The test will come on the weekend, where he has just three top 10s in 21 starts this season.
Oberholser out until start of 2013-14 season 07-04-2013
Arron Oberholser
In an interview on SiriusXM's PGA TOUR channel on Wednesday, Arron Oberholser revealed that he won't play on the PGA TOUR again until the Frys.com Open on Oct. 10-13. Oberholser was a guest on "Talk of the TOUR." He said that he has one more week at Golf Channel before he'll focus on his game. He hasn't played since missing the cut at the Shell Houston Open in late March and still has 10 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension to earn $349,854 and retain status. The Frys.com is the first tournament of the 2013-14 season.