Bryson DeChambeau took control of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open Thursday in Las Vegas, hitting nine par-71 shots in the first round.
Winner of the tournament in 2018, the 27-year-old American wedged nine birdies, including six in seven holes in the first half of the course. With his score of 62, however, he is only one stroke ahead of his compatriots Austin Cook, Harold Varner III, Scott Harrington, Patrick Cantlay and Nate Lashley who are tied for second.
On the Canadiens’ side, Ontarian Michael Gligic had an excellent first round of 65 (-6), which gave him the 13e provisional rank. He’s only three nods away.
Saskatchewan’s Adam Hadwin ended his day with a mark of 67 (-4). Currently 32e, he is five strokes behind DeChambeau. Manitoban Nick Taylor is 59e after playing a first round of 68 (-3).
Last Canadian in the running, Graham DeLaet is far behind, at 136e rank, with a score of 74 (+3).
Defending event champion, American Kevin Na is 21e, four shots from the leader.
Tied twice in the KPMG Championship
On the LPGA side, Brittany Lincicome of the United States and Kelly Tan of Malaysia took the lead in the KPMG Championship standings in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, handing out 67 (-3) cards at the end of the initial round.
Lincicome had four birdies and one boguey, while Tan recorded one birdie and one bugy more than the American.
The leaders are chased by six golfers who are tied for third, just one head shot. Among them are the American Danielle Kang and the New Zealander Lydia Ko.
For the Canadians, Brooke M. Henderson and Alena Sharp both finished the first round with a 71 (+1) record.
Sixth last week at the ShopRite Classic, Henderson did not get the hoped-for start at Newtown Square by committing two bogeys, including one on the second hole. She nevertheless managed a birdie in the third.
For its part, Sharp committed two bogeys and one double bug. However, she managed three birdies which allowed her to limit the damage.
Henderson and Sharp are currently 26es, four strokes from the top.