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Sam Horsfield turned an average round into an excellent one after smashing six birdies in the final eight holes to hoist up a 5-under-par 36-31=67 in round one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

That's two swings behind leader Lucas Bjerregaard and puts him in a tie for fourth. The Q-School winner is making his tournament debut this week and it looked that way early as the young Englishman slipped over par after wiping out a birdie at 2 with bogeys at 7 and 9. Horsfield made par at 10 but a birdie at 11 proved the trigger. He added red numbers at 12 and 13, followed it with two pars and then reeled off another trio of circles at 16, 17 and 18 to join the bunch on 5-under which includes Rory McIlroy. Horsfield has now shot in the 60s in five of his last eight opening rounds. In the first of that sequence he went on to finish runner-up at the Tshwane Open.
May 24 - 2:59 PM

In-form Lucas Bjerregaard thrashed a bogey-free 7-under-par 31-34=65 in the first round of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in England, opening up a one-shot lead over Dean Burmester and Darren Fichardt.

It's a further shot back to Rory McIlroy and English trio Matthew Fitzpatrick, Sam Horsfield and Richard Bland. Here's one for #Teamcurrentform. Bjerregaard came into the event after T5 in the Rocco Forte Open and T6 at the China Open. Contrast that with his course form which shows three missed cuts out of three with his last four rounds over the West Course reading 82, 73, 76, 74. He made a mockery of those numbers today with a string of birdies spread across his afternoon lap. Going out, the Dane birdied 2, 4, 7 and 9 to turn in 31. Further gains at 12 and 16 took him level with the two South Africans in T1 and he secured the solo lead with a walk-off birdie. It's the second tournament in a row he's ended Thursday as the first-round leader having shared top spot with Ryan Evans after an opening 65 at the Rocco Forte Open.
May 24 - 2:51 PM

Andrew Putnam turned on the scoring machine in round one of the Fort Worth Invitational, signing for a 6-under-par 33-31=64 to place himself one off the early leader Charley Hoffman.

Putnam was flirting with flagsticks all day, gaining 4.073 strokes approaching-the-green en route to 15 greens in regulation. That helped set up five scoring chances from inside seven feet while he also knocked in three birdies from the 10-to-18 foot range. Putnam has gained strokes on approach in 10 of his last 13 ShotLink events so this round shouldn't be too shocking for gamers or fans that have been following the Pepperdine product closely. This will go in the record books as his new personal best on the PGA TOUR (excluding the 10-under 62 in team competition). He's previously posted 65 three times, with two of them coming in Texas. There must be something about the Lone Star State that suits this 29-year-old.
May 24 - 2:49 PM

Jhonattan Vegas was slow out of the gate but rallied late to rack up a 6-under-par 30-34=64 during the opening round of the Fort Worth Invitational, one off the early pacesetter Charley Hoffman.

Vegas started his round on the back nine and eased into it with two birdies and one bogey before making the turn. From there, he picked off birdies on five of his next seven holes including a four-hole train from 4 thru 7. Only one of his birdie conversions came from outside nine feet (16'2" at the 7th), showing this was very much a product of great iron and wedge play. He walked into the scorer's tent gaining 2.298 strokes approaching-the-green. Making his fourth appearance at Colonial, Vegas is previously just 1-for-3 and this round will eclipse his previous-low round here by four strokes.
May 24 - 2:31 PM

Emiliano Grillo pieced together a 6-under-par 32-32=64 during the opening round of the Fort Worth Invitational, placing him just one off the torrid pace set by Charley Hoffman.

The Argentine was middle-of-the-road in terms of tee-to-green play today, but his putter caught fire to rocket him up the leaderboard. Grillo started his day by missing an 8'1" birdie chance but he didn't let many more opportunities slip past him. By day's end, he splashed home six putts from outside nine feet with the longest coming from just inside 24 feet. Grillo walked off the course gaining 4.289 strokes putting. The 25-year-old entered with a 2-for-2 record here at Colonial CC, finishing T55 in his debut and returning last year to improve with a T24. Gamers shouldn't expect his putter to stay this hot but his ball-striking has room for improvement as the week progresses.
May 24 - 2:20 PM

Charley Hoffman blitzed Colonial Country Club en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63 during round one of the Fort Worth Invitational, good for the early clubhouse lead with play still in progress.

Hoffman put on a ball-striking clinic today, striping 11 (of 14) fairways on his way toward 16 greens in regulation. That stellar striking set up eight scoring chances from inside 16 feet, converting on six of them in addition to a 24'3" birdie bomb at the par-4 seventh. Playing his 36th round at Colonial, this eclipses his previous best by two shots (65 in R3/2009 and R1/2006). If this number holds then it'll be Hoffman's seventh career first-round lead/co-lead, first since the 2017 Masters. Unfortunately, he's only converted one of those early leads into a top 10 (T7, 2013 Travelers).
May 24 - 1:57 PM

Steve Stricker looked doubtful to even finish the round before rallying his way to a 5-under-par 31-34=65, good for an early seat inside the top 5 at the Fort Worth Invitational.

Stricker opened his day on the back nine and swallowed bogeys at 10 and 13. He was seen grimacing and grabbing his back but a 12'8" birdie splash at the par-4 15th turned his day around. He added two more circles before adding a big bird at the par-5 first hole. It wasn't of the traditional variety as he needed to hole out from the greenside bunker (55 feet) to land his eagle. The 51-year-old steadied his way into the clubhouse where he'll now surely get his back looked at before returning to Colonial Country Club, tomorrow afternoon. Stricker is a past champion here (2009) and arrived with an overall record of 9 cuts made to just 2 missed cuts.
May 24 - 1:43 PM

Kiradech Aphibarnrat was set to post the clubhouse lead on day one of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth after splashing red numbers all over his card but the Thai star had to settle for a 4-under-par 31-37=68 after an ugly 7-6 finish.

That double bogey-bogey ending on the West Course's two closing par 5s saw him tumble from outright leader to T7, two shots behind pacesetters Dean Burmester and Darren Fichardt. Aphibarnrat raced to the turn in 31 blows after red circles at 3, 4, 7 and 8 and showed no signs of letting up after further gains at 11, 13 and 16. At 7-under, the World No. 31 was looking at a really low one with two par 5s to come but he played them in 3-over. It also meant he failed to beat his low round at the course, an opening 67 recorded 12 months ago. A morning tee-time on Friday will give him a chance to respond quickly.
May 24 - 1:17 PM
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