Jason Dufner (7 under) shares the lead with 2015 champ David Lingmerth at the Memorial Tournament after one round. As mentioned on Wednesday, the Memorial is a second-shot golf course and both Lingmerth and Dufner had superb days with their irons. Lingmerth ranked first in the field in strokes gained: approach and Dufner was fourth. Sitting just one shot back of the pair are Jordan Spieth and Daniel Summerhays, who ranked 2nd and 22nd in SG: Approach.
Notable scores: Justin Thomas (-5), Phil Mickelson (-2), Brooks Koepka (-3), Hideki Matsuyama (-2), Rickie Fowler (-2), Jon Rahm (+1), Adam Scott (+4)
Who is Daniel Summerhays?
The Utah native starred at BYU, earning first team All-American honors, and was the first amateur golfer to ever win a Nationwide Tour event, the 2007 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Invitational. Following the win, Summerhays turned professional but didn’t make his way to the PGA Tour until the 2011 season. Since then, Summerhays has been a fixture on Tour and while he’s still looking for his first win, he’s been a factor in big events with a third-place finish at last year’s PGA and a T8 in last year’s U.S. Open. For what it’s worth, he also has a T4 at the Memorial (2012).
The sponsor’s struggle
Wednesday we highlighted three non-PGA Tour members – Peter Uihlein, Curtis Luck and Ryan Ruffels – playing at the Memorial. Through one round the results are *not good*. The group is a combined 18 over par with Uihlein shooting a 4-over 76, Luck shooting a 5-over 77 and the young Australian Ruffels firing a 9-over 81.
Bad High Fives in Golf
TOUR pros hit some amazing but it begs the question...why are they so bad at high fives?
The Tiger saga continues to develop this week, and as it does the story gets more sad. On Wednesday police released photos of his damaged car and the dashcam video of his field sobriety test and arrest. It’s clear that Tiger was completely inebriated and struggling to cope with the medication he took.
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Sooners downed the Oregon Ducks in the finals of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship to earn their first title since 1989. The Sooners ended the Ducks’ repeat bid thanks to the strong play of the front end of their lineup. Blaine Hale and Max McGreevy quickly dispatched their opponents, allowing star Brad Dalke to finish things off, knocking off the previously-unbeaten Sulman Raza on the 17th hole. I was on the grounds for the whole week and will have a full reaction and observation piece going up on the site Saturday.
The Memorial Deep Dive
Robbie Vogel takes a look at the last 40 years at the Memorial, Jack and memorable moments.
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