Andrew Landry and JJ Spaun are your leaders after the first round of the Quicken Loans National in Washington D.C. The pair both shot rounds of 63 on Thursday and will take a 1-shot lead into Friday’s action. Leaderboard
This is not the first time that Landry has been in contention this season, but it is the first time in a while. In his 19 events this season, Landry has 9 missed cuts, a win, a runner up, and two other top-10 finishes. His win came at the Valero Texas Open in April, but he has since had three MC Hammers, a WD 40, T-65 and T-67. An injury has contributed to the inconsistencies, but it appears that he is on the right track this week.
Tied with Landry is the 27 going on 40 year old JJ Spaun. Spaun too has had an up-and-down year, missing 9 cuts to go along with five top-25 finishes. Ol’ JJ is an absolute machine off the tee box. He led the field in SG off the tee on Thursday on his way to his afternoon 63, the tougher of the two waves.
One shot back of the leaders are vehement technology defender Billy Horschel and Andrew Putnam. Putnam is coming off his best PGA Tour finish at his last start in Memphis, where he finished second to Dustin Johnson. He has had a very solid season overall and currently sits in 53rd on the FedEx Cup points list. Billy Baroo has two top 10s this season, one of which being his team win with Scott Piercy at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Ironically courses that don’t allow for bomb and gouge (TPC Potomac) should show Horschel why he should be all for a rollback.
Other Leaderboard Notes
Tiger and his new putter putzed around in even par after an early double bogey. No part of his game looked great or terrible on Thursday, leading to a mediocre T-48 through one round.
Beau Hossler is in the mix again. He has two runner-up finishes on the season and is starting to become a permanent fixture on leaderboards. He tied for second last week in Connecticut and continued his strong play with an opening 65. Reminder, Hossler contended at the U.S. Open at 17 and was a 4-time All-American at Texas… he’s really good.
Joaquin “Phoenix” Niemann shot an opening round of 68 to put himself in good position. The young Chilean has been very impressive in his first summer on Tour, notching three top tens in his first 7 events.
Francesco Molinari is continuing his strong play and sits in a tie for 10th place. Molinari is playing in the states this week instead of on the European Tour in order to retain his PGA Tour card. Players must play in 15 events each season in order to gain their membership for the following year (assuming they are top 125 on the money list).
KPMG Women’s PGA
Sung Hyun Park is your first round leader at the Women’s PGA Championship outside of Chicago. Park shot an opening round of 66 and holds a one-shot lead heading into Friday. She is being chased by a large contingent of strong players, including Brooks Henderson, Jessica Korda and Moriya Jutanugarn. Defending champion Danielle Kang played with an illness and struggled to an opening round of 73. She finds herself in a tie for 71st. Leaderboard
Across the Pond
Bradley Dredge holds the lead at Le Golf National in France on the European Tour. He leads the pair of Graeme McDowell and Andy Sullivan by one heading into Friday. The story of the week is still the course, which will host the Ryder Cup in three months. With very narrow fairways and many hazards around the course, only 14 players were able to get around under par (irrelevant). Justin Thomas is on a scouting mission for the United States and started the tournament with a 70 (-1). Leaderboard
Jerry Kelly is your leader at the Senior U.S. Open in Colorado. He opened with a round of 66 and leads by two. Former MLB star John Smoltz shot an 85. Leaderboard
The Web.com Tour got suspended for weather after Gibson and Ortiz fired 62sto lead.
CT Pan decided he doesn’t need a driver. (Still finished T-10)
White hat weather