DETROIT — Doc Redman is enjoying his very best golf, priming himself to possibly bring in his first PGA Tour victory.
Redman took a 7-under 65 on Thursday to discuss the first-round direct with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner from the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
Bryson DeChambeau, the sole player with high -10 endings in each of the previous few championships, topped with the team back.
The 22-year old Redman closed with four straight birdies and seven on the past eight holes in the Detroit Golf Club. This past year, he moved out to be a Monday qualifier to finishing second in the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
At last week’s Travelers Championship,” Redman closed using a 63 to tie for 11th — his very best performance this year — after linking for 21st that the RBC Heritage.
“I have come off two great finishes and a excellent finish this past year at this event, which hasn’t actually occurred to me personally,” he explained. “So, I have never had this sort of anticipation or perhaps internally.”
Stallings, who tied for sixth last week, birdied his final two holes and three . Players with day tee times did not fare too, but Kisner was an exclusion using a bogey-free round.
DeChambeau surged up the leaderboard with four birdies and an eagle on a eight-hole stretch on the back nine. He gave a stroke back, however, with a bogey in the 18th later pushing an 8-foot putt only to the best.
“That got me somewhat agitated,” DeChambeau explained. “It is likely to put a small fire in my belly.”
Peter Malnati, Emiliano Grillo, Chase Seiffert, J.J. Spaun, Matt Wallace and Chris Stroud paired DeChambeau in 66.
Rickie Fowler, who’s missed the cut at both tournaments he’s played as the restart, has been one of the numerous players another shot .
Redman, DeChambeau, Lucas Glover, Tyler Duncan, Viktor Hovland, Mark Hubbard and Brian Stuard have made the cut in three occasions as the PGA Tour returned in the shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On a quiet morning in the fan-free championship where the hum of generators was frequently the only noise, a ton of players took advantage of favorable playing conditions and a few of the easier paths on the PGA Tour.
And if their rounds were whole, players removed their caps and elongated fists without coming near enough to make contact with each other.
Fowler began with a birdie on his first hole and four to his first six months. He pulled in a stroke of the lead after he had been standing on his ninth tee got into trouble in the rough, which seems to be more than it had been last year at the Motor City, and wound up with a double-bogey in the par-4, 465-lawn 18th.
“There was likely, I do not understand, 8 inches of grass there,” Fowler explained. “I believed it was about to sort of pop up once I hit it and it sort of came out low and abandoned.”
Defending champion Nate Lashley, who had a wire-to-wire triumph in the Detroit Golf Club this past year, started with a birdie before hurting his opportunity to replicate with three bogeys and three birdies the rest of the round.
Lashley landed in a greenside bunker and holed from 45 ft on his final hole to escape a much-needed birdie, but only a couple of people clapped and many others just stood quietly.
“Without a lovers outside, it feels as though it is not a golf championship,” Lashley said. “I want to possibly get some nerves [Friday] and receive a little adrenaline going.”