Boston tee party for the Americans
Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk are in the lead after day one of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Steve Stricker and Jim Furyk led after the first day of the Deutsche Bank Championship after both posted impressive eight-under-par opening rounds.
The American pair carded 63s to sit two shots clear of a group of five players.
Starting on the 10th, world number four Stricker birdied his first two holes – completing his opening nine in 31, four under.
He then birdied holes one, two, three and four. That feat was replicated by Furyk, who was five under after six holes and picked up two more shots on the 17th and 18th.
After completing his round, Stricker told www.pgatour.com: “I started the day well with a birdie, made a good birdie putt at 10 and then hit it to about four feet at 11.
“A couple of good holes to start with, and to get off to a birdie-birdie start, just kind of got the day started in the right direction.
“I played well pretty much all day, one little hiccup on number seven where I laid up in the rough, but other than that it was pretty solid off the tee, hit a lot of fairways, gave myself a lot of opportunities.
“The middle of the round was good. I think there was a stretch of five birdies in row there from 18 to number four. So that was a good stretch. Made a good save, like I said, at seven, but it was overall a good day.”
Three more Americans – Scott Verplank, Justin Leonard and Matt Kuchar – as well as Masters champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina and South Africa’s Retief Goosen headed the chasing pack after all hit six-under-par rounds of 65.
The highlight of Verplank’s round was an eagle on the par-five second, while Leonard achieved a similar feat on the par-four fourth.
Behind them were Jerry Kelly, Troy Matteson, Sean O’Hair, Geoff Ogilvy and Jason Dufner on five under.
Ireland’s Padraig Harrington, who would be happy just to make the cut after missing out in his last two visits to Norton, was four under – alongside, among others, Vijay Singh, Sweden’s Daniel Chopra and England’s Brian Davis.
Englishmen Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Greg Owen were all at two under, but Ian Poulter did not fare so well, a 72 leaving him one over.
Tiger Woods was one under for his opening round – as was Spain’s Sergio Garcia and Camilo Villegas, of Colombia.
ALL THE FIRST ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 71):
63 Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk
65 Justin Leonard, Retief Goosen (Rsa), Matt Kuchar, Angel Cabrera (Arg), Scott Verplank
66 Jerry Kelly, Jason Dufner, Sean O’Hair, Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), Troy Matteson
67 Brian Davis (Eng), Woody Austin, David Toms, Greg Chalmers (Aus), Scott Piercy, Daniel Chopra (Swe), Vijay Singh (Fij), Bryce Molder, Jonathan Byrd, Stephen Ames (Can), Padraig Harrington (Irl)
68 Michael Letzig, Zach Johnson, Bubba Watson, Kevin Sutherland, Charles Howell III, Jason Day (Aus), Dustin Johnson, Richard S Johnson (Swe), Nathan Green (Aus), Mike Weir (Can), Boo Weekley
69 Charley Hoffman, Jeff Overton, Davis Love III, Lucas Glover, John Senden (Aus), Greg Owen (Eng), Heath Slocum, Kenny Perry, Kevin Na, D.A. Points, Justin Rose (Eng), Bill Haas, Luke Donald (Eng)
70 Tiger Woods, Brian Gay, Sergio Garcia (Spa), Bob Estes, Steve Marino, Brett Quigley, Marc Leishman (Aus), Pat Perez, Scott McCarron, John Merrick, Mark Wilson, Kevin Streelman, John Rollins, Fredrik Jacobson (Swe), Camilo Villegas (Col), Tim Clark (Rsa), Brandt Snedeker
71 Nick Watney, Lee Janzen, Stewart Cink, Webb Simpson, Charlie Wi (Kor), Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim, Paul Goydos, Mathew Goggin (Aus), D.J. Trahan, Y.E. Yang (Kor)
72 J.B. Holmes, Chad Campbell, J J Henry, Rodney Pampling (Aus), Cameron Beckman, Ian Poulter (Eng), Ryan Moore
73 Hunter Mahan, Kevin Stadler, Ben Crane, Nick O’Hern (Aus), Briny Baird, Jason Bohn
74 Rory Sabbatini (Rsa), Bo Van Pelt, Ryuji Imada (Jpn), John Mallinger, Fred Couples
75 Jeff Klauk, Tim Petrovic, Ernie Els (Rsa), Ted Purdy, James Nitties (Aus)
76 Robert Allenby (Aus)
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