Hahn, Barnes share first-round lead at Byron Nelson
Sports Xchange - Friday 19th May, 2017
IRVING, Texas -- James Hahn and Ricky Barnes fired dual 6-under 64s on Thursday early in the day to garner a two-stroke lead after the first round of play at the ATT Byron Nelson.
Scores in the afternoon were considerably higher as the winds whipped across and swirled around the TPC Las Colinas
Hahn, who has won twice on the PGA Tour (most recently the Wells Fargo Championship in 2016, recorded six birdies without a bogey on his round.
Barnes, the 2002 U.S. Amateur champion, had an inconsistent scorecard that featured eight birdies -- including four in five holes on the front nine and two bogeys.
Matt Kuchar, Jhonattan Vegas of Venezuela, Jason Kokrak and Cameron Tringale are two strokes back after carding 66s. Tringale was the only member of the group playing in the afternoon wave.
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Bud Cauley, Brooks Koepka, John Huh, Sean O'Hair, Ryan Armour and Peter Malnati settled in another shot in arrears after shooting 67s.
Johnson two-putted from 90 feet on the 18th hole to stay a part of the group.
Local favorite and world No. 6 Jordan Spieth, fourth-ranked Jason Day of Australia and Scott Piercy headed a list of 12 players at 68. Eight of those golfers played in the morning wave.
Defending champion and recent Masters Champion Sergio Garcia struggled with his putting and stumbled to a 73 on Thursday. It was his second-highest opening round in 13 appearances at this event. He shot 75 in 2006.
A handful of notable golfers likely played their way out of the tournament after dreadful opening rounds, including Shell Houston Open winner Freddie Jacobson of Sweden, Bryce Molder, Ryan Moore and 2011 ATT Byron Nelson champion Keegan Bradley (all at 74), Hunter Mahan, Tony Finau, Japan's Ryo Ishikawa and 2009 Nelson champion Rory Sabbatini of South Africa (all at 75), Russell Henley, J.B. Holmes and Australia's Stuart Appleby (at 76), and 2015 Nelson titleist Steven Bowditch, who managed to shoot 80.
NOTES: The 2017 ATT Byron Nelson is being played in the 35th and final year in Irving, Texas, at the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas. In 2018, the tournament will move to Trinity Forest Golf Club (a links-style course designed by Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore), located just 10 minutes south of downtown Dallas. ... Sixteen of the past 22 winners of this tournament recorded all four rounds in the 60s. The exceptions: Keegan Bradley (2011), Jason Day of Australia (2010), Adam Scott of Australia (2008), Brett Wetterich-2006, Sergio Garcia of Spain (2004) and Jesper Parnevik of Sweden (2000). ... The current course record of 60 at the TPC Las Colinas was set by Keegan Bradley in 2013. Other 60s in tournament history have been posted by Arron Oberholser (Cottonwood Valley in 2006) and Sam Snead (1957 at Glen Lake Country Club).
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