There are the two players tied at the top of the Memorial Tournament at Jack’s place, Muirfield Village.
The defending champion Hideki Matsuyama and Bo Van Pelt opened the Memorial Tournament with -8 under par 64, to share the first round lead.
Hideki said he just found some magic overnight;
“To be honest with you, up until yesterday I was not hitting the ball very well, I was not chipping very well, I was not putting very well.”
“I don’t know what happened overnight, but I just caught magic.”
“To be honest with you, when I made the turn at four under, I was just trying to hold onto four under”
“And then to make a couple more birdies, it was a real bonus.”
“It’s a really good second-shot golf course. That plays into my strength.”
Bo Van Pelt hails from Richmond, Indiana, which is only two hours away from Dublin, Ohio. He has been coming to Jack’s place since he was a child;
“Richmond is literally the first town when you cross the border on I-70.”
“I think anytime you come to a golf course where you’re excited to be there, I think that that has a lot to do with it.”
“I don’t get to see my family from Indiana, my sisters and my mom and dad very often. And they always come over. So it’s just a fun week for us.”
“Other than the Masters, this tournament means more to me than any one I’ve ever played.”
“So it’s always good to play well around a place that means a lot to you.”
Jason Dufner and Russel Knox are tied in third place at -6 under par, two shots off the lead.
Tiger Woods in his long-awaited return to golf shot a +1 over par 73, he spoke about the barren winless streaks, which always ended with long successful streak, he is confident it will happen again;
“I’ve gone through phases like this, rounds like this, where yeah, it’s easy to revert back and go ahead and hit some old pattern.”
“But it doesn’t do you any good going forward. And I’ve done it. Sometimes it’s taken me about a year and then it kicked in and I did pretty good after that.”
“If you believe in it, do it. And eventually it will start turning.”
“And when it turns, I’ve had periods where I’ve played good for four or five years, where I’ve won close to 20 tournaments in that stretch.”