The ultimate barrier of 60 has been broken for just the 10th time in PGA Tour history. Brandt Snedeker shot a back-nine 27 on his way to 59 and the first-round lead at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. Leaderboard
Leaders of the Mortals
Shooting 63 is normally a great days’ work, but on Thursday it meant that Ryan Moore and John Oda would be four shots behind. They both put together clean cards of 7 birdies and 11 pars.
Ryan Moore has been very consistent this season. He’s notched four top 10s, nine top 25s, and has only missed four cuts. Moore famously made a strong run in the FedEx Cup playoffs in 2016 to earn the final Ryder Cup spot...something to think about.
Oda on the other hand has had to work very hard for starts this year. He has Monday qualified four times and has two top 10s on the season. If he were to finish solo 3rd or better, he would earn his card for next season. Oda was a standout at UNLV a few years ago but has struggled to gain any traction on tour. He clearly has the game, just needs to figure the rest out.
FedEx Cup Projections
I won’t be updating you on projected standings because that is insane, but I am here to update you on who helped themselves out on Thursday.
This is the final regular season event, so the final round will mean a lot to players trying to get into the top 125. Martin Flores, D.A. Points, Corey Conners, and David Hearn have the best chances after their play on Monday. Sergio Garcia and Harris English are some of the bigger names on the outside looking in. They are both tied for 20th right now but will need even better finishes if they want to play in the playoffs.
There was a lot of golf played on the Monterey Peninsula on Thursday as the rounds of 32 and 16 were conducted in the U.S. Amateur. There have been some amazing matches this week, and Pebble Beach has been an incredible host venue. The course has its flaws, but no one can deny the drama that the layout can create. I could also do without the cartpaths, but it is a phenomenal site for a championship. Heading into Friday, only 8 players are left with a chance to hoist the trophy.
Those players are…
-Davis Riley- The University of Alabama stalwart has had a great summer and is looking to avenge his runner-up finish to Cole Hammer at the Western Amateur.
-Devon Bling- A sophomore at UCLA, Bling can bring it. He notched four top 10s in his freshman year including a win in the spring.
-Isaiah Salinda- Part of the Stanford Cardinal team, Salinda is on a serious heater. He shot 62 on his way to winning the Pacific Coast Amateur last month and made it to match play at the Western Amateur. He had to knock out fan favorite Stew Hagestad on his way to the final 8.
-Cole Hammer- The 18-year-old heartthrob that has taken the golf world by storm this summer. He has won the Azalea Invite, USGA Four-ball, and Western Amateur. He will be heading to Texas this fall and will undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with.
-Viktor Hovland- This junior-to-be at Oklahoma State has a ton of game. He is ranked 5th in the world amateur golf rankings and has a...unique golf swing.
-Will Gordon- A Vanderbilt Commodore, Gordon has been a part of some great squads. He has some serious match play experience, and it would not surprise me to see him in the final this weekend.
-Alex Fitzpatrick- You’re probably familiar with his brother Matt, but Alex is a player as well. He’ll be going to Wake Forest this fall for his freshman year and we’ll see if he lasts longer than his brother did at Northwestern (1 semester)
-Austin Squires- The final man to claim a spot was the Cincinnati senior. He has been fantastic at UC, leading the team in scoring average and earning all AAC honors last season
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