Round 1 Recap: 2012 HP Byron Nelson Championship

In the opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, Ryan Palmer shot a 6-under 64 to take the early lead.  Ryan is one of my favorite touring pros because of his outlook on golf and being a professional golfer.  Ryan has forgone some sponsorships because he thought that with the extra money from sponsors he would practice less.  He needed to regain that early motivation of I do not get paid unless I play well as an early touring professional.  After today’s bogey free round of 64, I would say that may have worked, we will just have to see how the rest of the week plays out.

Don’t think that winning the Tour Championship will keep Matt Kuchar happy: after a “major” victory at the Players Matt follows up his first round with a solid 66 (even with a bogey on the first hole).  Not a bad way to follow up a very solid winner.  Last years champion Keegan Bradley, PGA Tour’s 2011 Rookie of the year, and the only man to currently be batting 500 in the major championships when it comes to winners, had a wild first round with 5 birdies, one eagle, and four bogey’s to card a first round 67.  Keegan did finish four under in the last five holes, not bad for a guy who was one over with six to play.  Wish I could come down the stretch and make two birdies and an eagle…

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