4 share lead after 1st round at St Jude Classic
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 23:28
Defending champion Daniel Berger capped an improbable comeback to win the FedEx St. Jude Classic by one stroke on Sunday at Memphis, Tenn.
Money leader Bernhard Langer finished at 12 under, while Scott Verplank, Tom Lehman and Steve Flesch were another shot back. Four of the last six champions in Memphis had not previously won on the tour, including the last two: Berger previous year and Fabian Gomez in 2015. He missed the cut in the Players Championship, withdrew from the AT&T Byron Nelson and finished a distant 35th in the Memorial after a final-round 76 last week.
Phil Mickelson was also in the mix on Sunday, but veered off track with a triple-bogey on the 12th hole to trickle back.
16 and 17. On the par-5 16th, he sent his second shot into a greenside bunker but recovered by chipping out of the sand to inside of 5 feet of the flagstick.
Every did not drop a shot during his round while former Open champion Cink made nine birdies and three bogeys in a thrilling effort on Thursday.
It wasn't enough to catch Berger, who successfully defended his title with a bogey-free round of 66.
Seeking his second PGA Tour win and first since 2008, Reavie was flawless as he set the pace with a second-round 65 at TPC Southwind. "So going back to 2008 probably, the first half of '08, and I really, really felt good about my game and I felt like I had a chance to win a lot of tournaments".
Starting on the back-nine, Power birdied the 10th and followed it up with another on the 13th.
Jaco Van Zyl, Johan Carlsson, and Ashley Chesters shot 67 to share second, with Graeme Storm, Oliver Wilson, and Joel Stalter one stroke further behind in fifth. He had six birdies, including two in a row on Nos. In all, the huddled leaderboard features 24 other golfers within five shots of the three-player logjam in first place, setting the stage for a highly competitive weekend. The Englishman joined a group of four at 5-under 139, which included 2012 victor Bernd Wiesberger. Perrine Delacour (62) and Lindy Duncan (65) were one shot back.