WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS —
Following a night of rain, the Old White TPC went from firm and challenging to soft and ripe for low scores in today’s opening round.
The morning wave of The Greenbrier Classic took full advantage of the conditions, led by Jonas Blixt who fired a six-under 64.
“I got a couple good breaks,” Blixt said. “I hit a bunch of good shots that kind of ended up kind of close to the hole, and took advantage of my opportunities. I also made, I don’t how many putts I made that were about 10 feet, and I think that was what kept the momentum going through the round.”
The defending Classic champion, Blixt had eight birdies and two bogeys on the day. He made four straight birdies on Nos. 16, 17, 18 and 1 to push him to six-under through 10 holes. After firing a 31 on the back nine, things slowed down for the Swede on the front nine. He had just two birdies and a bogey.
“I mean it’s very scorable,” he added. “The greens are not very hard, and I mean if you hit the fairways, you can definitely attack the pins, and if you’re in the rough, you can still hit the greens quite easy.”
Six players sit in a tie for second. They include James Hahn, Jason Bohn, Joe Durant, Chris Kirk, D.A. Points and Patrick Rodgers.
“I got a little loose at the end, but was able to kind of hang in there,” Points said after bogeying his final hole, the par 4 ninth to finish at five-under par. “The course was in good condition. I mean it was soft, but it wasn’t abnormally soft with the precipitation that we’ve had and the humidity has been high.
“I think it’s in great condition, beautiful. The areas around the bunkers are tough, and you know, but the greens are rolling nice. I think everything’s very fair.”
With the afternoon wave just underway, a total of 54 players are under par.
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