Off the Leish

Through one round in Dallas, Marc Leishman leads the Byron Nelson after firing a 10-under 61 on Thursday. Talking to Leishman’s caddy Matty Kelly before the tournament, he remarked on how they were excited to head to a firm setup, more similar to the Australian Sandbelt.

Leishman’s early success is not surprising given his success at premier golf courses, the Open Championship (3 top 6’s), The Masters (2 top 10’s). The big Aussie already has five top 10s this season and is coming off a career year. Leaderboard

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JJ ReSpauns with Walker Texas Ranger

Three shots back of Leishman is the duo of J.J. Spaun and Jimmy Walker. Both of them teed off in the afternoon wave and were the leaders in the clubhouse before Leishman finished. J.J. Spaun has missed 5 of his last 6 cuts, so his Thursday performance was a little out of the blue. He was second in the field in both shots gained around the green and shots gained putting, so he’s got that going for him.

Walker is in much better form, having finished in the top 25 in each of his last four events with a runner-up finish at The PLAYERS last week. A native Texan, Jimmy Walker is known for his strong play in his home state. He has four top 25 finishes in the state in the last three years, including a 4th place finish in San Antonio this season.

Three’s Company

The first group off #1 on Thursday was the threesome of Aaron Wise, Keith Mitchell and Sam Saunders. All three of them shot 66s and were tied for the lead after the morning wave. I’m no Justin Ray, but I’m 100% sure that has not happened many times. Joining that trio at -6 is Peter Uihlein, Abraham Ancer, Jonathan Byrd, Ethan Tracy and Tyler Duncan.

Golly Matty

Matt Kuchar was a member of the featured group coverage on PGA Tour Live Thursday, struggling to a one-over par 72. During the telecast, microphones caught Kuchar with some negative remarks about the setup. Following the round, he told Adam Schupak “I’m going to follow the lesson if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” The comments are surprising given Kuchar’s track record at Augusta and last year’s Open Championship run.

Gil the Thrill

Gil Hanse talked about Trinity Forest on part two of the latest podcast. Here’s a video of Trinity Forest footage and Gil’s thoughts on the golf course and tournament.

Campus Update with Will Knights

The NCAA Championship field is set after this week’s regional tournaments. 3 of the top 10 teams in the country failed to qualify while 3 unranked teams played their way to the national championship. Host team Oklahoma State and defending NCAA champions Oklahoma both won their regional tournaments in impressive fashion.

I wrote a full breakdown of the regional tournaments here.

One of the teams that qualified was BYU, who will run into an interesting issue at the tournament. BYU prohibits any athletic competition on Sundays, which is the 3rd round of the NCAA stroke play. Instead, BYU will play their “3rd” round on Thursday while the other teams play their final practice round. They will then play their other two rounds on Friday and Saturday with the other 29 teams.

Quick Hooks

There is a 5-way tie at the top on the LPGA Tour after the first round in Virginia. Full scores.

Steph Curry is apparently trying to host a PGA Event, presumably the Safeway Open in Napa. Full story

Five are tied for the lead at the Web.com’s BMW Charity Pro-Am.

More details on the Lucas Glover story were disclosed on Thursday. Story.

Newsletter written by Will Knights