Spanish Sergio Garcia And american Jordan Speth They signed 63-hit cards (-7) upon completion of the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge Championship, of the PGA Tour, which takes place at Colonial Club, Forth Worth (Texas, USA) and were present with a one-shot advantage.
Garcia, who had already won the championship in the 2001 edition, had his first PGA Tour title, out of 11 he had, was a perfect with an eagle, which he achieved at level 5 from the eleventh hole, as well as making five birds.
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He could have gotten another bird into the last hole when he took a five-meter shot less and the ball went over the rim of the cup, but it didn’t land in the hole.
Garcia equaled his last 63 in Colonial when he scored his first PGA Tour victory 20 years ago at the age of 21, but the Spanish golfer had already shined with the eagle he had hit from 567 meters, as he shot from a vault beside him into the green in the longest hole In the field.
It was very stormy, so it wasn’t easy to get rid of some of the sticks, ”Garcia said. “There were some tough holes, but I managed to get really good shots on those holes, and some twists when I needed them.”
Speth, who also won the championship, also had a birdie day after scoring seven goals and achieving perfection, without the winds preventing him from playing his best match as Garcia did.
Americans Jason Cookrack and Eric Compton shared third place with a record number of 64 strikes (-6), while their compatriot Kramer Hickock and Brandt Sindiker and Canadian Adam Haddwin tied for fifth place,
Compton, 41, a two-time heart transplant recipient who entered the field on a shepherd’s dispensation, played fearlessly after the birds in the first two holes of his second outing on this year’s PGA Tour. Honda Classic parts failure.
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Colombian Juan Sebastian Muñoz He distinguished himself with a record number of 67 strokes (-3) to top the list of six players who ranked eighth and became the best golfer in Latin America.
Muñoz, even though he started with a ghost in the fifth hole, he found his best playing rhythm and got four birds in the second half of the tour.
Countryman Camilo Villegas He finished with 69 strikes (-1), the same number that Chilean youth Joaquín Nyman had to share in twenty-fourth place with 15 other players.
Mexican Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Enser each signed Argentine Emiliano Grillo with a 70-shot card (to) that put them in 40th with 14 other golfers.
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Venezuelans Jhonattan Vegas and Spain’s Rafael Cabrera didn’t have their best inspiration and finished with 73 strokes (+3) dropping to 87th in the interim classification. The same holds American legend Phil Mickelson, 50, who made history last Sunday as the oldest one winning a major championship after being proclaimed PGA Champion.
Mickelson, the Colonial Champion in 2000 and 2008, missed nine of the 14 lanes, some with iron from the tee, without many options on the Green Zone, in a tough start tour that followed emotionally draining days.
The best was Colonial’s defender, American Daniel Berger who scored 68 hits (-2), who hopes to bypass the cut on Friday.
With Agence France-Presse