The PGA Tour will take place this week in Michigan at the Detroit Golf Club. Classic mortgage rocket of 2021… There are many big names in this area, including Bryson DeShambaugh, Patrick Reed, Hideki Matsuyama, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, and Ricky Fowler. Bad weather delayed play by more than three hours Thursday, but players returned to the field at 3:30 pm ET. Many of them have yet to complete their first rounds on Friday morning. Here are three things you need to know about Thursday’s first round game.
Davis Thompson leads
After just his third start as a pro, sponsored Davis Thompson is currently in the lead with two shots after a scorching, flawless nine to 63 shot.
Thompson may be an unfamiliar name to Tour fans, but there is some serious competitive authority on his amateur resume. In 2020 and 2021, he was the All-American First Team Player of the University of Georgia, and was also the SEC Player of the Year in 2021. Oh yeah – and he played this year Walker Cup winning teamwhere he won 1.5 points in a 14-12 win for the USA national team.
How did Bryson play?
Bryson DeShambeau was the favorite this week, but there is some excitement in his inner circle stole the headlines on Thursday. Despite coaching at a Detroit golf club, Deschambeau and his caddy Tim Tucker parted ways before the first round.
Cobra’s Ben Shomin picked up DeShambo’s bag for a week, and after his first try on a post-rainy wave after midday, DeShambaugh signed a 72nd parity contract that included three birds and three carts on Thursday.
What big names are on the hunt now?
Jason Day continued his recent positive momentum with 67 (-5) in the first round; Kevin Kisner and Matt Wolff also fired 67, while Bubba Watson signed for four to under 68.
Phil Mickelson is three short after the first round of 69, while Hideki Matsuyama and Ricky Fowler both showed two under 70.