Ryan Moore enjoyed a flawless start to lead the field by one stroke at the Memorial Tournament on Thursday.
The American signed for a bogey-free seven under 65 around Muirfield Village, enough for a one stroke lead over Jordan Spieth, while a host of contenders are a further shot back on five under.
Moore was off to a fast start amongst this weeks’ high quality field, rolling in birdies on five out of his opening seven holes. The 36-year-old gained two more shots coming home and left the final green grinning from ear to ear.
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Part of the reason for that grin was his hot putter that drained 16 out of 16 putts from inside ten feet on Thursday. It’s a big deal for the Tacoma native, given he’s ranked 156th for putts made inside ten feet on the PGA Tour.
“I’ve had two kind of really good finishes, and then a bunch of very moderate golf up around that, so I’d like to make it a little bit more consistent,” Moore told the press.
“I’m a guy that can be up there, like top fives and top tens, and either I’ve had it or haven’t had it this year, which is a little unusual for me.
“I kind of have to figure it out… but it’s really putting consistency. I feel like I’ve been controlling the golf ball nicely all year… and I’ve had an opportunity to shoot a score every day, but I don’t make the putts that keep the momentum going. A lot of those have been lipping out.”
One stroke behind is Spieth, who’s 66 included some incredible scrambling, where he chipped in twice and dropped a 35-foot monster putt for eagle on the par five fifth.
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“It was okay,” said the humble Texan after his round.
“Some more work to do on it. I missed three greens with wedges and plugged one in a bunker with a punch 8-iron. So I had four opportunities, ended up off the green on all of them.”
Further down the leaderboard, Martin Kaymer and Anirban Lahiri are part of a group locked in T3 at five under, while Tiger Woods fired a two under 70.
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