Kevin Na leads after one round of the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial CC. After starting the day with six pars, Na played his next five holes -6 and added a couple more birds to get to the clubhouse in 62. Full scores
Na struggled during the month of April but was able to put together a great performance last week at Trinity Forest (T-6) and has brought his good play to Colonial. He leads the tour in SG around the greens this year, and that skill was on full display Thursday. He finished the round 3rd in SG around the greens and 5th in SG putting. His best finish of the season came back at Riviera, where he finished tied for second.
Charley Hoffman posted a bogey-free 63 on Thursday and finds himself one back of Kevin Na. After seven top 10 finishes a year ago, Hoffman has zero in 2018. He has five top 25s but is yet to find himself in serious contention. Charley switched to a heavier putter this week and gained 2.1 strokes putting on Thursday. He has a T-2 and T-24 in his last three trips to Colonial, so don’t be surprised if he hangs around this weekend.
S’more in Contention
Just two back of Na’s lead is the group of Emiliano Grillo, Jhonattan Vegas, Andrew Putnam and Beau Hossler. Of the group, only Vegas and Grillo have all won on the PGA Tour. Putnam has spent the last two seasons on the Web.com Tour, so a win here would be a huge step for his career. Hossler has also only been on the tour for a short stint but has put together some impressive performances thus far. His best finish this season is a runner-up finish at the Houston Open where he lost in a playoff.
Men’s NCAA Championship
The men’s NCAA Championship gets underway on Thursday with the first of four rounds of stroke play. Will Knights has your full preview here.
Golf Channel will be broadcasting the final stroke play round as well as the match play portion of the event. The viewing schedule is listed below. Live scoring will be here.
Monday, May 28 Individual National Championship 4-8 p.m. ET Tuesday, May 29 Quarterfinals, Team Match Play 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, May 29Semifinals, Team Match Play 4-8 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 30 Team Match Play National Championship 4-8 p.m. ET
Women’s NCAA Championship
The women’s NCAA Championship wrapped up on Wednesday night with Arizona taking home the title. The Wildcats needed a 72nd-hole eagle in stroke play and a playoff victory just to get into match play. In the final match, Arizona and Alabama were tied at 2 to 2 and before Haley Moore defeated Alabama senior Lakareber Abe in 19 holes. With the win, Arizona became the 4th straight PAC 12 school to win the women’s NCAA title. The PAC 12 has also won 8 out of the last 11 women’s titles across 5 different schools.
Across the Pond
Lucas Bjerregaard (-7) leads after the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club. Bjerregaard has had a rough season to this point but has set himself up for what could be the biggest week of his life. He has a lot of golf to play and also has Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Chris Paisley chomping at his heels. Full scores
Olympia Fields Makeover
Keith Foster has been hired to create and (hopefully) execute a master plan at the historic Olympia Fields Country Club. Located in the southern Chicago suburbs, OFCC has a deep championship history and has hosted numerous high profile events on its North and South Courses. Foster is becoming one of the most respected names in golf after his restorations at Philadelphia Cricket Club, Old White at The Greenbrier, Moraine CC and Baltimore CC. Read the full story here.
Sebastián Muñoz and Josh Teater lead at the Nashville Golf Open on the Web.com Tour. Scores.
Moriya Jutanugarn and Danielle Kang are among the group tied for the lead at the LPGA Volvik Championship. In fact, there are over 30 players within 3 shots of the lead. Full scores.
Jake Owen, yes that Jake Owen, made his Web.com Tour debut on a sponsor’s exemption and shot 86 on Thursday. Still, he got the last laugh.