Gary Woodland and Patrick Reed are tied at the top of the Hero World Challenge leaderboard after round one at a very windy Albany Golf Club in The Bahamas.
Gary & Patrick
Gary and Patrick both shot opening rounds of -6 under par 66 to lead the Hero World Challenge by two shots on day one.
Patrick is using his own new custom design clubs, and did not agree with the official stats for his first round;
“They actually just threw up my stats while I was just outside, and it said I only hit 11 out of 18 greens, but I felt like I hit it a lot better than that.”
“I felt like I hit a lot of iron shots exactly how I was looking at, flighting it how I wanted to, holding it into the wind, et cetera.”
“So just kind of one of those things that I feel like the irons were doing well, the swing was doing well.”
Gary said the wind today was a big factor, even when putting;
“Sometimes it’s better to miss the green than be in the middle of the green putting downwind.”
“We tried to play into the wind all day today, and we did that. We controlled the golf ball enough where we did that and gave ourselves a lot of chances.”
Chez Reavie has third place to himself at -4 under after his first round 68, which included a double bogey seven at the par five 9th hole.
The two Justin’s, Thomas, USA, and Rose, England, share fourth place with rounds of -3 under par 69.
Tournament host Tiger Woods opened with an even par round of 72, to be T11;
“It was not a very good start,” didn’t play the par fives well early and then got it going on the back nine a little bit.”
“Got myself right there in the mix and then bad shots on 17, 18.”