There is a four-way tie at the top of the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island Seaside Course at the conclusion of play on day 1.
Brian Harman is one of the players who carded opening rounds of -5 under par 65 in the McGladrey Classic, he is joined on that score by Erik Compton, Michael Thompson and Will MacKenzie. Both Brian and Michael played college golf here, and said it is an advantage knowing the course;
Brian one of many St. Simons Island residents playing this week, said it was nice to be here;
“It’s actually a little nice, you get to sleep in a little bit later than you normally would. It’s a little different, but this is the third year that I’ve played this tournament, so I’m starting to get more used to it.”
“It has been a while since I played a golf tournament. I took the first two tournaments off because I wasn’t quite ready to go so I wasn’t quite sure how things were going to go.”
“It was windy, it was cold this morning, it was tough conditions and I just outlasted it and finally started getting comfortable and playing better and finished real nice.”
Michael told reporters it definitely helped him, knowing the course;
“It’s a definite advantage, to go back all the way to college golf.”
“I think that helped me out a lot because I can look back on a lot of the great shots I hit back in college, and even back in 2011 when I was here. I played three-and-a-half really solid rounds of golf that were almost perfect.”
“I like the golf course, for some reason I can read the putts very easily.”
“And being here multiple times, I’m getting used to the conditions, hitting different shots, you know, pretty much seeing every possibility. So I’m not fearful, not afraid to go after it and hit the shot that I need to.”
Eric expects to win sometime this year, but has yet to claim a PGA Tour title in 13 years as a professional;
“I expect I should win this year. That’s a goal of mine, it’s always been a goal, but I think every time I get on the course it becomes more of a realistic expectation.”
“I just want to get the ball in play and hit on the green and see where I can go. And that’s difficult to do in four days, and it’s proven difficult for a lot of guys who have never won on tour who have great careers.”
“I happen to be one of those guys right now, and I feel like if I can do the things like I did today and get out of my own way, there’s no reason I shouldn’t continue to progress in this game.
“If you get it going the greens here are really quick and they’re very true. So if you’re playing well I think there’s some good scores out there.”
“Conditions I think will definitely get tighter during the week and these are definitely the fastest greens we’ve putted on in a while so you’ve got to be careful.”
There are no less than eight players tied in fifth place at -4 under par, in this tightly contested tournament. Someone needs to breakaway tomorrow are separate themselves from the pack.