After taking advantage of the recent Masters Tournament to show off, Ontario golfer Corey Conners got off to a good start on Thursday in the first round of the PGA Tour RSM Classic in Sea Island, N.Y. from Georgia.
Whoever finished tied for 10th in Augusta handed over a card of 67, three under par. Conners started this competition with multiple courses on that of Seaside. He had four birdies and only one buggy on that first day.
Briton Matt Wallace and Colombian Camilo Villegas temporarily share the lead, each of whom has played 64 (-6), also on the Seaside course.
Conners is ranked 21st, tied with nine other golfers, including fellow Canadian Roger Sloan.
Among the golfers who started the tournament on the Plantation course, a par 72, four Americans played 67 (-5), namely Keegan Bradley, Doug Ghim, Adam Long and Cameron Tringale. Friday, for the second round, each golfer will have to complete the other course than the one disputed at the beginning.
The Canadian Michael Gligic will not complain, he struggled to tame the Plantation course, Thursday, with a round of 79 (+7).
Henderson and Sharp in the race
In the LPGA, Germany’s Sophia Popov clocked a 64 (-6) round to lead the Pelican Women’s Championship in Belleair, Fla. She had an impressive total of eight birdies, however, committing two bugs. She is ahead of her closest pursuer, South African Ashleigh Buhai, by two strokes.
At the heart of the race are Canadians Brooke M. Henderson and Alena Sharp, each handing a 68 (-2) card. They share fifth place with several other golfers.
Henderson notably had three birdies in four holes to finish the first nine with a score of 33. Showing astonishing consistency, she followed with nine straight pars.