England’s Greg Eason undressed Hylands Golf Club yesterday when he shot an 8-under 63 to own the first round lead at the inaugural Forces & Families Open.
Eason carded seven birdies, an eagle and one bogey to lead by one over Americans Travis Ross and Sam Ryder.
The PGA Tour Canada rookie, who is playing in his first season as a professional following a standout career at the University of Central Florida, was upbeat about his round despite a bogey at the 18th hole following an errant tee shot.
Eason missed his first cut of the season last week at the ATB Financial Classic despite shooting 3-under par for the first two rounds, and said he was excited to continue what has been a strong year so far.
The 22-year-old has three top-25 finishes on the season including a runner-up finish in Thunder Bay. Currently eighth on the Order of Merit, Eason said the experience of being in contention in front of galleries and under pressure has already helped him mature as a player in his first season as a professional.
Scotland’s Paul Ferrier and Michael Schachner of the U.S. are T3 at 6-under 66.
ROSS LOOKS TO TURN FIRST SEASON AROUND
Though he’s enjoyed his first season in Canada, 26-year-old rookie Travis Ross admitted he’s been struggling to find his game and compete on PGA Tour Canada in 2014. With his 64 in round one, Ross is hoping he’s turned a corner in round one.
Ross has made three cuts in seven starts this season, with the 64 topping his previous best round of 67. He said he’s relieved to have a good round in the books and is excited for what’s to come on Friday.
MACKENZIE KEEPS IT GOING WITH OPENING 65
Last week’s ATB Financial Classic champion Brock Mackenzie kept his solid play going yesterday, firing a bogey-free 66 to share sixth place at 5-under. The 33-year-old has now carded 36 birdies to just three bogeys for his last 90 holes, and hopes to make the most of his recent stretch of solid play.
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