J.J. Henry shoots 60 to take the first round lead of the Shriners Hospitals for Children event at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.
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Ronald “J.J.” shot an amazing bogey free -11 under par 60 to top the leaderboard in the first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children competition, making an Eagle 3 putt of 50 feet on the par 5 ninth hole, his last of the day. He said it was just one of those days;
“It was one of those days, there wasn’t much wind and the greens were pretty soft. It was nice to make that putt on the last hole to make lunch taste that much better. I played solid on the front nine. It’s still pretty cold in the morning, I was just trying to get my feet wet and shoot a couple under par. Any time you start with the round I had, it gives you a lot of confidence for the rest of the week. I thought it was important to get myself off to a good start.I finally made some putts, I’ve always felt like I’ve been a pretty good ball-striker, and when I make some putts I seem to climb the board.”
Just one shot back on -10 under par, following his opening round 61 is Andres Romero. He said he had stayed focused on his golf game;
” I was focused on my game and I was trying to do my job, and that’s all. I feel very good and focused on the game and on every shot. So I wasn’t paying attention to the leaderboard and the other guys.”
Tied in third place are James Driscoll, Jonathan Byrd and Jeff Overton, at -8 under par after their first rounds of 63.
James had an edgy start to his round, electing to play a provisional ball of the first tee. The hooked drive was found, and James went on to make par, he said he then got it figured out, he also spoke about the Eagle;
“After that, I kind of figured things out, after the first couple of holes, everything kind of felt pretty good. I got the putter going and hit a lot of 3-woods out there off of the tees. I kept it in play and gave myself a lot of chances. I actually hit a decent drive and it caught the left bunker. I had to lay up to like 90 yards and had a pretty good number and been working on my wedge game pretty good, so I felt pretty confident over it, and it kind of took a nice little kick for me and went right in the hole.”
Jeff holed out for Eagle on the first hole;
” I don’t ever remember holing out on the first hole any golf tournament, so it was pretty of cool. I kind of felt uncomfortable for some reason on the first tee, kind of pulled it and kind of had a tough little shot underneath the tree and hit a little low snap hook pitching wedge and it rolled about 30 feet and just died right in the center and I’m like, `Sweet.’”