Retief Goosen an Ryo Ishikawa carded rounds of 63 to share the lead after the first round of The PGA Tour’s Quicken Loans National in Virginia.
The pair were among the early starters and with good conditions scoring was on the low side during the first few hours of play. Ishikawa made a hole-in-one on the 4th hole, his 13th hole of the day after starting on the 10th, which rewarded one lucky person with a whole year of mortgage payments payed for them courtesy of Quicken Loans. Ishikawa made five consecutive birdies from the 14th-18th holes to go out in 30. He then carried on his birdie streak with another one at the 1st hole to get to 6-under-par through 10 holes.
Goosen took advantage of the shortest and longest holes, picking up birdies at three of the four par-3’s and birdies at all of the par-5’s. He was bogey free for his round.
Ishikawa wasn’t the only player with a hole-in-one though, Rickie Fowler also made an ace on the 9th hole. But with the years’ mortgage payment reward gone Fowler sent an ice bucket full of beers to the media centre, much to the delight of the press. Fowler shot a 4-under round of 67 and is four shots back off the lead.
There was a lot of discussion and confusion over Chris Como’s whereabouts yesterday. Tiger Woods’ controversial swing coach did not travel to Virginia and mounted speculation that he had been sacked by Woods. The claim was swiftly denied by Woods’ management before he teed off. The world number 266 made a terrible start, bogeying three of his first four holes and looked like being another long day. But a birdie at the par-5 5th hole gave Woods a bit of momentum and he carded five more birdies over the last 13 holes to post a respectable 3-under-par round of 68 and is still very much in the Tournament. His driving looked good, as did his approaches with the short irons. A few putts were raced by the hole but he was knocking the 5-footers in with confidence. He tees off at 13:10pm (GMT) this afternoon.
Elsewhere on the course defending Champion Justin Rose is just three shots off the lead after posting a solid 5-under-par round of 66 and England’s Andy Sullivan went one better with a round of 65, to put himself withing two shots of the lead.
The second round will get underway in just under an hours time.