FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Scottie Scheffler did something he rarely does last weekend, watching a golf tournament at home after missing the cut. The world’s No. 1 player is back on the field, tied for the colony’s crowded leaderboard.
Scheffler was one of eight players who shot a 4-under 66 at the Charles Schwab Classic on Thursday. But he was the only one in that group without a bogey, and he missed the cut at the PGA Championship.
Cam Davis, Beau Hossler, Chris Kirk, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Nick Taylor and Harold Varner III also shot 66s. The other seven were repelled.
“The course is harder to play than a typical year here. Yeah, I feel like I’ve done a really good job of managing myself around the golf course,” Scheffler said. “As long as you don’t make a bogey, it’s going to be a good bout.”
The Colonial is the longest PGA Tour event held at the same venue since 1946 and has never had more than five players share a first-round lead. The eight is the most on a PGA Tour since nine tied for the 18-hole lead at the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in 2011.
Scheffler, Reed, Simpson and Varner were part of the morning wave, which started with little wind and cool conditions. Winds built up during their turn, with gusts reaching 22 mph throughout the afternoon.
Defending Colonial champion Jason Cocklake and Jordan Spieth, the 2016 champions, finished their third runner-up last year with 69s.
After 19 students and two teachers were killed in a shooting at an elementary school Tuesday, many players wore ribbons on their hats to show support for the Uwald, Texas community – which Located approximately 350 miles south of the course.
Reed birdied all four par-3s at Colonial, including a 64-footer from the green bunker on the 237-yard fourth hole. His only bogey came on his final hole, after missing the fairway on the 400-yard dogleg on the ninth hole.
Reed missed the cut four times in his first 11 games over the past four months to finish no higher than 26th. He slipped to No. 38 in the World Golf Rankings — he was No. 9 last year in Colony.
“It feels good to get a number out of it,” Reed said of his 66-year-old. “Honestly, I think it’s really good that there are too many days where I do a lot of things, it’s just that the numbers don’t really reflect it.”
Varner made four bogeys and had six birdies and an eagle on the 634-yard 11th hole — 330 yards off the tee, 305 yards on the green, and a 5-foot putt. Sandwiched were two birdies — a 55-foot chip on No. 10 and a 10-foot putt on No. 12 — before bogeying two of the next three holes.
A 4-par 12th with an eagle boost from 95 yards gave Taylor a solo lead at 5-under until he made a bogey on the 18th. The world number 244 was right on his last tee of the day.
Simpson followed with his only bogey, making immediate birdies on two previous par-3s. That included a 6 1/2-foot birdie putt on No. 9 after the 8th tee shot that pushed him into a bunker deep in the green, from which only his head and shoulders.
“Apart from those two holes, it was really strong,” Simpson said. “It’s the colonial style I like, where it’s bumpy and the wind blows.”
Hossler shot two eagle 2s on the last four holes to take the lead. After a hole-in-one from 65 yards on the par-4 sixth hole, he shot one for 135 yards on the ninth. The two eagles immediately caught up with the bogey.
Schaeffler played PGA Championship champion Justin Thomas, the No. 5 player in the world, on Thursday with a 71.
Thomas won the PGA title in a three-hole final play-off over Wilzara Torres, who opened with a 72 in the Colony. Zalatoris lives in the Dallas area, along with Scheffler and Spieth.
Mito Pereira shot an even-par 70 at the Colony, four days after he lost his PGA lead and missed a match with Thomas and Zara Torres with a double bogey on the 72nd hole at South Mountain. playoffs.
Scheffler didn’t officially commit to the Colony until his elimination in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the first promotion for the four-time winner since his season debut in October. He watched the rest of the PGA Championship from about 300 miles from Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“I usually never watch golf, but that’s fine. I relax all day on Saturday, go out to practice on Sunday, just put the game on my phone and watch,” Scheffler said. “Will is really close, and JT is a good buddy of mine too, and my old caddie is caddying for Mito. … I have a lot of different people I want to see, and it’s fun.”
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