Birdie barrage boosts Clark to Phoenix Open lead

Los Angeles – Wyndham Clark fired 10 birdies in a 10-under par 61 on Thursday to seize a two-shot lead over fellow American Billy Horschel within the PGA Tour’s Phoenix Open.

Amid the all the time raucous crowds at TPC Scottsdale, Clark teed off on 10 and rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on the 12th.

After one other birdie at 13 he picked up three in a row at 15, 16 and 17.

He strung one other three collectively on the first, second and third – the place he blasted out of a greenside bunker to 5 ft and made the putt – and birdied seven and eight for good measure.

Clark seized the solo lead with a birdie on the par-three seventh, the place he caught his tee shot three ft from the pin, and made it a two-shot benefit with an 11-foot birdie putt at eight.

“I hit numerous fairways and I simply gave myself numerous appears and the putter was sizzling,” Clark stated.

A red-hot putter fuelled Horschel, who had six birdies and an eagle in his eight-under 63.

Horschel rolled in two birdie putts from outdoors 25 ft and one from 41 ft, together with a par-saving 45 footer.

His eagle on the par-five third gap did not want that form of placing aplomb after he landed his second shot 5 ft from the opening.

JB Holmes used an eagle hole-in-one on the par-three third and eight birdies to beat an early double-bogey and a bogey, his seven-under 64 placing him alone in third.

He stormed house with three straight birdies, together with a 25-footer on the 18th.

“The primary 5 holes have been up there, fairly a little bit of a roller-coaster,” stated Holmes, who had the ace, one birdie, one par and one double-bogey by 5.

Holmes, looking for a 3rd win within the Arizona desert, has performed with elbow bother for years and stated he improved mid-round after consideration from his coach across the ninth and 10th holes.

“Nonetheless harm somewhat bit, however not as a lot,” Holmes stated. “I putted very well on the again. Hit it in good spots and made some good putts.”

Among the many prime names within the area, Spain’s Jon Rahm led a gaggle of 10 gamers on 67 that additionally included Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama.

Defending champion Rickie Fowler left himself work to do to make the weekend after opening with a three-over par 74.

Main first-round scores on Thursday within the US PGA Tour Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale in Arizona (USA except famous, par-71):

61 – Wyndham Clark

63 – Billy Horschel

64 – JB Holmes

65 – Tom Hoge, Harris English, An Byeong-hun (KOR), Bud Cauley

66 – Nate Lashley, KJ Choi (KOR), Im Sung-jae (KOR), Adam Lengthy, Hudson Swafford

Branden Grace (RSA), Kang Sung (KOR), Xander Schauffele, Jon Rahm
(ESP), Hideki Matsuyama (JPN), Scott Piercy, Brandon Hagy, Keegan
Bradley, Zach Johnson, Patrick Rodgers

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