FedEx St. Jude Classic. Its Tight At The Top In Tennessee

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It is tight at the top of the leaderboard in the FedEx St. Jude Classic at  T.P.C. Southwind, in Memphis Tennessee.

 

 

There are six players who tied at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the first round at the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC SouthwindNathan Green, Martin Flores, Stuart Appleby, Glen Day, Harris English and Davis Love 111 all had opening rounds of -4 under par 66. on the par 70 lay-out. This is the final event before the U.S. Open next week at Merion Golf Club, and Davis said he was excited to be back in contention;

“I still hit some bad shots, at The PLAYERS and Memorial, I felt like I was playing better than I was scoring. I think it’s rust. I’m excited to be back, and I’m anxious and I want to play better than I’m playing. I’m a little bit tired from the two 36-hole qualifiers as well. You got to be a little bit more patient and polished. That’s going to take some rounds of golf to get back. I tried to keep up with Dustin and Brandt.”

Stuart Appleby had his best round of the year, but was surprised the scoring was not lower, in the near perfect conditions;

“I thought there were some more birdies out there, I think just with the pace of the greens if you’re above the hole it’s tricky. I’m happy with the way I played today. Anybody who got under par today, the scoreboard, certainly fought to get there.”

Nathan Green lost his status last year, and was nervous seeing his name at the top of the leaderboard when he had completed his round;

“I was starting to get nervous seeing my name on the board and made two good up and downs to finish off the round, which is nice”

Phil Mickelson shot a +1 over, 71 , but said this was a ball strikers course,and he was striking the ball well;

“This is great because it’s a great test. The guy that strikes it well is going to have a big advantage, but when you do miss greens, you’ve got to be pretty sharp with your short game because the lies around the greens are some of the most difficult that we get. It’s about as good as I’ve been striking it, and I feel like there’s a good round in me.”

Behind the pace setters on the leaderboard, and  just one shot adrift are eleven players, who all had -3 under par 67’s.

Travelers Championship @ TPC River Highlands, 2nd Abandoned

     

Done for the day

The second round of the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Connecticut was under a  rain delay suspension, with Fredrik Jacobson currently leading the way, when play was finally abandoned for the day. Fredrik was able to complete his second round before the rain interrupted play, finishing the day with a -4 under par round of 66, to give him a tournament total of -9 under par.

Wether he will remain as the second round leader is in doubt, as there are still some players who will have to complete the round before the third round can start. Most notable among these golfers is Nathan Green, who is only one shot adrift of the current lead, but he still has nine holes left to complete his second round.

Another who could have a say in the second round lead is Will Claxton, he has not even started his second round, so anything is possible. I would hazard a guess that Will hopes to get some golf in today, or the possibility of completing two rounds in one day looms on the horizon.

Charley Hoffman was having a good day until the suspension, and wishes he could have continued, he was 5 under through his first six holes on the back nine;

“It was a nice five-hole run. Any time you can make a bunch of birdies, no matter at the beginning of the round, end of the round, middle of the round, it’s a good feeling.”

First round leader David Mathis slumped to a second round +3 over par, leaving him at -3 under par for the tournament.

Of the three Major winners contesting this title, Webb Simpson had a second round of -1 under par, for a total of -5 under par. Keegan Bradley had  a -2 under par round, for -4 under par total, and Bubba Watson slumped to a +1 over par round and a tournament total of -3 under par.

 

 

Travellers Championship @ TPC River Highlands, 1st round

   

Davis Mathis leads the Travellers Championship @ TPC River Highlands · Cromwell, Connecticut after the conclusion of the first round. David fired in an opening round of 64 to finish at -6 under par on this par 70 lay out. Just one shot off the lead are three players tied for second place, they are; Nathan Green, Will Claxton and Fredrik Jacobson, who all had rounds of 65.

David said of his round;

” I played really solid all day through that stretch of holes from hole eighteen all the way around to my front. I was hitting a lot of great shots and I guess it felt like a lull compared to how I started. But I birdied the tenth, which was my first, and then to make a hole in one on number eleven, and made a long, long putt on twelve just really got me jump started for the day. And good place to start from for sure.  Last year at Memphis I was leading after the first round, and I think I ended up finishing fifteenth or something maybe, give or take some spots. I can’t really remember. So yeah, I’ve been in that spot before, but you know, there’s so much golf left, you’re just thankful to play a solid round whether you’re in first or whether you’re in fifth. It’s all about trying to build on it and being there toward the end and giving yourself an opportunity to win. So you know, it’s a good start and just want to build on that.”

Nathan Green really enjoyed his day;

” It was great out there. The greens are perfect, and it really wasn’t too hot. We got a little bit of wind on the back nine. But perfect conditions. I had a full head of hair the last time I had a top ten or even top twenty. It’s been so long. It was tough putting even two good rounds together, let alone four. So it’s been tough. It’s been a bit of a grind. But there have been some good signs there this year. But today was nice. Didn’t really make too many mistakes and made a couple of the ten, fifteen footers that I hadn’t been making. And then to get out there and shoot five under, it’s a course I like playing.”

Will Claxton got off to a flier;

” Started out birdie, eagle. So you can’t ask for much better than that. You know, it’s been a couple of weeks since I played and it’s been a little longer than that since I really got it going and played well. So to start out birdie, eagle, that’s huge.I obviously had the driver going. I drove the ball well today, so it wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be.  It’s perfect. The greens are in perfect shape. You can definitely score out there if you hit some good shots, but you gotta hit the fairways and you gotta hit some good shots.”

Fredrik Jacobson also had a good time out there;

” I enjoyed it out there. It was hot out there. It was one of those days you’re going to have to focus hard to stay in it in a day like this, and I was fortunate enough to play really well and get off to a good start.  I think, you know, I struck it really solid all day and really only had one hiccup on sixteen where I landed the ball a foot from the hole, and ended up with a five to double there, but the rest was no mistakes. “

Two of the Major Champions who are in the field this week, Webb Simpson and Bubba Watson are just two shots off the lead, with the other Major Champion, Keegan Bradley another two shots adrift. Michael Thompson, who contested so well at last weeks Major, fell to an opening effort of +8 over par, and will struggle to make the cut this week.

Webb said about playing alongside the other Major Champions this year;

” I’m definitely pleased. I knew it was going to be a tough round to come out and really focus and put last week behind me, but we got off to a good start as a group, two of us birdied one, and it was just fun playing with those guys, and we just kind of fed off each other and just played a good solid round.”

Bubba said;

” I’m very happy. You know, shooting four under. I didn’t make any putts the last couple weeks that I missed cuts. Made some putts today, made some key putts today to keep the momentum going. Had a couple loose swings, but all in all it was a good day.”

Enjoying each other's company

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