Like all professional golfers, Brandt Snedeker has a little cocky side: put the crowd on him and he will be keen to shine. The American, winner of the FedEx Cup 2012, did honor to the timid return of the fans on the approaches of the fairways of the course of Memorial Park (Houston, Texas) this Thursday.
The number of spectators allowed to attend the tournament each day.
His 65 on a yet very demanding course gives him the provisional head of the tournament and even two strokes ahead of a sextet of pursuers including Jason Day. ” This course is a long and difficult course, so to play well you have to take advantage of the birdie holes, which I did a great job today ”Snedeker smiled.
The Houston Open is the second tournament to allow a limited number of fans to attend since golf returned from its “covid” hiatus last June. ” Great to hear applause and people excited for good shots and some birdies », Continued Snedeker, who seeks to gain his 10th career victory on the Tour. ” This is one of the reasons I think I played well. I was excited to be on the pitch and I really missed the fans, I’m glad to have them by our side again. “
Note the good start to the tournament for Adam Scott, back after a positive episode of Covid-19 (8th to -2). Shane Lowry, Graeme McDowell or Russel Knox are among the Europeans in the top 20 (16th to -1). Viktor Hovland and Francesco Molinari play in the par (29th). Tyrrell Hatton failed to beat the course (+1, 44th).
Cadors lagging behind
World number one Johnson, who is competing in his first tournament since testing positive for Covid-19 and spending 11 days in isolation, experienced a streak of three consecutive bogeys before making the rounds and had to settle for one lap in 72 (+2, 63rd).
Former world number one Spieth, still looking for his first victory since the 2017 British Open, held the lead for a while after 12 holes before conceding two bogeys and two double-bogeys en route to a 73 (+3) .
Spieth’s playing partner Brooks Koepka mixed three birdies with three bogeys and a double bogey for 72 (+2). ” I played very badly today … Quadruple tournament winner Koepka said simply. ” It’s funny because I’ve had such a good score the last few weeks and it was disappointing. “
Same disappointments for Zach Johnson (+3), Sergio Garcia (+4), Luke Donald (+4), Phil Mickelson (+6) or Lee Westwood (+7).
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