There are two players tied at the top of The Barclays tournament after the first round at Bethpage Black, in New York. Patrick Reed and Martin Laird share top spot at -5 under par following rounds of 66.
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Patrick, bogey free today and Martin also bogey free are tied at the top of The Barclays after carding -5 under par 66 in round one at Bethpage Black.
Patrick is winless this year, but sits at #8 position in the Ryder Cup standings;
“Of course it’s on my mind, but really at the end of the day, it’s just trying to get better and play this tournament, because if I play well, that means those other guys are going to have to play even better to try to catch me.”
These guys are followed by four players on -4 under par, all with opening rounds of 67, Rickie Fowler, Kevin Chappell, Emiliano Grillo and J.B. Holmes.
Rickie wants to make the Ryder Cup team for the U.S.A.;
“That’s the No. 1 priority coming into the year.”
“I’d say that’s always one of the main goals coming into a Ryder Cup year.”
“Even in the off year, you’re thinking about it. That was the whole reason playing last week, trying to get more points.”
“It would be nice to have a chance to make that team without having to get picked.”
J.B. has been searching for a putting inspiration, and thinks he may have found it;
“It was really good, had to stay calm today and tried to let go of the results.”
World number one Jason Day is in touch with the early leaders, a first round -3 under 68 has him T7.
In the huge group who finished the day at even par 71 were, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth and Bubba Watson.
Jordan said Bathpage Black was one of the toughest courses had played;
“It’s up there in the top few toughest courses I’ve ever played.”
“If they made the greens firm today, it would have been unplayable on a few holes.”
“It was very tough, challenging, but fair today. We just had it really, really tough in the afternoon with those winds so high.”