There are two players tied at the top of the Zurich Classic leaderboard at the end of day 1. Boo Weekley and Brendon de Jonge from South Africa, share the honors with super first rounds, before play was suspended for the day due to inclement weather conditions.
Brendon and Boo both carded -8 under par first rounds of 64 at the Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana. The poor conditions gave players the option to lift, clean and place their ball on the fairway.
Boo carded his round in the morning before the weather changed, and then there was some rain which halted play for 78 minutes in the afternoon, leaving twelve players out on the course, who will have to complete their rounds tomorrow.
Brendon, who is seeking his first win on the PGA TOUR, carded a bogey free -8 under par 64, and said he still left a couple out there;
“I left a couple out there, I think everybody finishes a round and think they could do a little better. But anytime I shoot a 64 I’m not going to get greedy.”
“I feel like my game is solid at the moment. I’m hitting everything fairly well. Nothing exceptional, but it feels like everything’s kind of turning in the right direction.”
Boo hit 11 of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens in regulation and required only 26 putts, he also loves being close to home;
“I’ve been struggling with my irons the past month or so and finally I got some shafts that work.’
“I used them in Wednesday’s pro-am and came away feeling really good. Finally, I can control the distance and the trajectory and the numbers.”
“And it helps when you’re really putting well. When you put the two together, you can shoot pretty good. Plus, I’m back on Bermuda grass, I’m close to home, and I love the heat. What’s not to like?”
“You can’t win the tournament today, there’s a lot of golf left. We’re all out here hitting it the same. The difference is who’s hitting it the closest.”
“But I saw the good today. If you don’t hit it good tomorrow, you don’t hit it good. That’s why they call it a four-letter game, GOLF!.”
“I felt like if the putts would have fallen that I hit, I felt like it could have been a 59 easy.”
David Hearn and Sean O’Hair are tied in fourth place, just one shot back at -7 under par.
Sean said he had been pushing it all the way;
“I kind of caught myself pressing on the back nine.”
“Once I got to seven under I was kind of pushing a little bit, forcing a little bit on the greens.”
Freddie Jacobson has continued with his excellent putting performance this season, needing only 20 putts on his way to record an opening round -4 under par 68. He has now extended his no three putt streak to 542 consecutive holes, best on the PGA TOUR.