It is tight at the top of the leaderboard in the FedEx St. Jude Classic at T.P.C. Southwind, in Memphis Tennessee.
There are six players who tied at the top of the leaderboard at the conclusion of the first round at the FedEx St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. Nathan Green, Martin Flores, Stuart Appleby, Glen Day, Harris English and Davis Love 111 all had opening rounds of -4 under par 66. on the par 70 lay-out. This is the final event before the U.S. Open next week at Merion Golf Club, and Davis said he was excited to be back in contention;
“I still hit some bad shots, at The PLAYERS and Memorial, I felt like I was playing better than I was scoring. I think it’s rust. I’m excited to be back, and I’m anxious and I want to play better than I’m playing. I’m a little bit tired from the two 36-hole qualifiers as well. You got to be a little bit more patient and polished. That’s going to take some rounds of golf to get back. I tried to keep up with Dustin and Brandt.”
Stuart Appleby had his best round of the year, but was surprised the scoring was not lower, in the near perfect conditions;
“I thought there were some more birdies out there, I think just with the pace of the greens if you’re above the hole it’s tricky. I’m happy with the way I played today. Anybody who got under par today, the scoreboard, certainly fought to get there.”
Nathan Green lost his status last year, and was nervous seeing his name at the top of the leaderboard when he had completed his round;
“I was starting to get nervous seeing my name on the board and made two good up and downs to finish off the round, which is nice”
Phil Mickelson shot a +1 over, 71 , but said this was a ball strikers course,and he was striking the ball well;
“This is great because it’s a great test. The guy that strikes it well is going to have a big advantage, but when you do miss greens, you’ve got to be pretty sharp with your short game because the lies around the greens are some of the most difficult that we get. It’s about as good as I’ve been striking it, and I feel like there’s a good round in me.”
Behind the pace setters on the leaderboard, and just one shot adrift are eleven players, who all had -3 under par 67’s.