Wesley Bryan, Cody Gribble share early lead at Honda
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 24, 2017,
Feb 24, 2017, 8:10
Gribble won last year's Sanderson Farms in October but has missed his last four cuts on the PGA Tour so this is somewhat of a turnaround for him.
On such a serene Thursday at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., that was required to keep pace.
Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter found it the same way.
Marc Leishman made the best start of the six Australians in the field when he began with a round of 67 to be in a share of 12th position and three from the lead.
Kaymer, a two-time major champion from Germany playing on a sponsor exemption, chipped in from behind the 17th green for birdie and closed with a two-putt birdie from 40 feet for a 65. With two par-three's under 200 yards and a par-four of 430 yards it certainly isn't the longest, but with it being named consistently as one of the hardest stretches of holes on the PGA Tour we had to wonder - just how difficult is it?
Kaymer has company at five under, joined by India's Anirban Lahiri. If Garcia hadn't gone par-bogey-bogey on Sunday previous year then he may not have lost to Adam Scott by a shot, who in turn had luck on his side when his tee-shot on the 17 bounced back towards the green rather than forward in to the water.
"It clicked in the first round", he said, "but you don't know, it could be lost in the second round".
Bryan is coming off his best tournament, a tie for fourth at Riviera in which he got within two shots of Dustin Johnson toward the end of the third round. The winner's payout has also increased by $54,000, last year's victor and defending champion, Adam Scott collected the winner's check of $1,098,000.
Fourteen months ago, both Bryan and Gribble played in the Web.com Tour Q-School. "I love this place, love this golf course and I had a great day".
A trick-shot artist at times, Bryan was happy he did not have to rely on that ability Thursday.
Bryan's claim to fame is a stellar 2016 season on the Web.com Tour, winning three tournaments and being named that tour's Player of the Year.
This decision is one that is popular with players participating in the tournament this weekend.