Sergio Garcia received a leap begin on his PGA Championship prep on Thursday.
With birdies at Nos. 12, 14 and 18, Garcia (who began on the again 9) made the flip at the AT&T Byron Nelson at 3 underneath. He then added birdies on Nos. 1 and 5 earlier than coming upon the 348-yard par-4 sixth gap. A 293-yard drive left him 52 yards from the outlet. From there, he wedged up previous the outlet, put just a little backspin on the ball and seemingly even shocked himself when the ball rolled in for an eagle 2.
“As soon as hit it I knew it was going to be close,” Garcia mentioned. “Didn’t know if it was going to go in or not, but knew it was going to be close.
“It was nice to hear the crowd go a little bit crazy there, because we couldn’t see it go in.”
Garcia, who lives within the Austin, Texas, space, made the three-and-a-half-hour drive to the north aspect of Dallas for the occasion, the place he’s a two-time winner. His eagle hole-out tied him for the lead at 7 underneath. J.J. Spaun would later birdie his closing gap to get to 9 underneath and take the clubhouse lead with a 63 however Garcia is correct there after the first spherical.
Garcia closed with three straight pars and walked off the course in a seven-way tie for second at 7 underneath.
“It was obviously a great round,” he mentioned. “I would’ve loved to birdie the last hole, I’m not going to lie. But, you know, I think overall it was a solid day. A lot of good things.
“Couple of things that could have been better, but overall it was nice and putted nicely. So very happy with the way it went.”
After his spherical, Bello talked about how this yr has been powerful for him however “today felt really nice.”
He went on to say that he hoped his opening-hole birdie wasn’t truly a foul signal.
“To be fair, the last two events I missed the cut and I started with birdie first hole that I played, so I told my brother, I hope this doesn’t mean that we’re going to play bad the rest of the day,” he mentioned. “So that was the first thing that went through my mind.”
J.J. Spaun later took the lead at 9 underneath after capturing a 63.
“I haven’t been in this position in a while,” Spaun mentioned. “I’m just going to keep trying to do what I been doing last week and this week. … just stay in the present. You know, don’t be scared. Fire away. Make as many birdies as I can. If I do it, great. If I don’t, well as least I tried. That’s the mindset I’m going into for the rest of this week.”
Koepka, Spieth, Matsuyama make returns
Brooks Koepka, who suffered a proper knee-cap dislocation and ligament harm that pressured him to withdraw from the Players Championship on March 7, is taking part in for the first time since he missed the reduce at the Masters.
Koepka birdied No. 9, his closing gap, to shoot an opening-round, 1-under 71. His scorecard had 4 birdies and three bogeys.
Jordan Spieth, who final performed at Augusta National, contracted COVID-19 throughout his day without work. About 10 days after the conclusion of the Masters, Spieth examined optimistic. He says he didn’t know the way he received it, nor did he lose his urge for food or sense of odor however he did need to quarantine in his Dallas house away from his spouse, Annie, as he efficiently defeated the virus.
The Byron Nelson can also be the first event again for Hideki Matsuyama since he received the Masters. During his day without work, he returned to his native Japan, the place he obtained the Prime Minister’s award from Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo.
“I realize now the responsibility that goes with a major championship, especially the Masters,” Matsuyama mentioned, “I’m honored. I’m flattered by the added attention, but at the same time, sometimes it’s difficult to say no. But it goes with the territory and, again, grateful that I have this opportunity and I’ll try my best to prepare well for what’s to come.”
Matsuyama mentioned he deliberate to make use of this week at TPC Craig Ranch “to try to find my game again and prepare for the PGA Championship next week.”
Golfweek’s Steve DiMeglio and Adam Schupak contributed to this text.