Three Canadians are in the top 10 after the first round at the Greenbrier Classic, with only one bogey among that trio on Thursday in Sulphur Springs, WV.
Graham DeLaet went bogey free and Nick Taylor had seven birdies with just one bogey as each finished with a six-under 64.
“I had to make maybe a five, six-footer on 10 to save par. Other than that, seemed like they were all just kind of tap-ins – made three in a row on 11, 12, 13, some good looks on 14, 15,” said DeLaet.
Both go into Friday’s second round tied for third, three shots off the lead, while David Hearn is tied for ninth after going bogey free in posting a 65 to open an event he tied for second at two years ago when Danny Lee emerged victorious from a four-man playoff.
“I don’t think it’s unfinished business, but this course really suits my eye and I really enjoy playing this golf course. I got off to a nice start today,” said Hearn.
“Any time you can start with a five-under round, it doesn’t matter what tournament you’re at, it’s a good start. I am very happy and it’s good to be back here in West Virginia,” he said.
“I think the golf course isn’t overly long but it’s tricky. If you don’t put the ball in the right spot off the tee you’re going to kind of get out of position quickly,” said Hearn.
“I like a lot of the changes they made here this year. It’s going to be interesting to see every day when it firms up a little bit. We had a little bit of rain yesterday, so a little bit softer today,” he added.
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