Charl Schwartzel leads The Memorial Tournament after the first round at the Jack Nicklaus Muirfield Village Golf Course, in Dublin Ohio.
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Charl shot a first round of -7 under par 65, to lead The Memorial Tournament by two shots from Scott Piercy. Charl will be returning to Muirfield Village in October, with the Presidents International Cup Team, and after the advice Captain, Nick Price gave him today before tee-off, Charl will be all ears again. Nick had advised him to change his grip on the putter:
” I thought I’m going to do what they say and go back to a normal grip, and it just didn’t feel very comfortable. It felt really shaky. I switched back to my finger down the shaft and sort of changed the ball position like Mark said and that felt comfortable. As you know, putting is all about comfort at the end of the day. The birdie on the last definitely will make my evening a lot better.”
Second placed Scott Piercy owes his -6 under par 66 to not hitting too many drivers;
” I’ve hit a lot of drivers and kind of pounded down golf courses, and I haven’t had much success here doing it. I thought I’d hit a lot of 3-woods today and open up the fairways and allow me to get some pins and knock them on the greens and make some putts. Maybe I’m getting older. I’ll take 66 all the time, though, it’s just learning how to play golf courses. I can hit it over almost all the corners here. But I have to hit a perfect golf shot and if I don’t I’m not in a very good spot. With the wind blowing as hard as it has been, I think it dried the golf course out. I was hitting the 3-wood 290 to 310, depending on how hard it was going. So I was still hitting a short enough iron where I felt like I could still attack rather than hitting 3-wood, 5-iron or 3-wood, 6-iron. I still had 3-wood, 9-iron, 3-wood, 8-iron. It seems like golf courses, when I succumb to it, I play well at those golf courses.”
Third place is being shared by four players, all at -5 under par, they are; Josh Teater, Russell Henley, Kyle Stanley and Charlie Wi.