In the WGC-Fed-Ex St. Jude Invitational Open, Poulter is looking to take the lead, while McIlroy is frustrated.
After day one of the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, Ian Poulter is only two strokes behind the leader.
Following a six-under-par 64 in his first round at the WGC-FedEx Cup St. Jude Invitational at TPC Southwind, Englishman Ian Poulter is just two strokes behind leader Harris English.
The world number 51’s bogey-free first round kept him within striking distance of the leader, English, who had a fantastic start to the World Golf Championship event.
English’s opening eight-under-par 62 could have been even better, as the American birdied seven of his first nine holes to go seven under at the halfway point.
Following two bogies in his first three holes on the back nine, the world number 14 was pushed back to seven-under-par, but he quickly recovered with back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes.
English rounded off a tremendous first day by adding another birdie to his card, putting him in the lead at eight-under for the event.
The 32-year-first-round old’s eight-under 62 is the third time the day’s first leader has shot a 62 in this event at TPC Southwind.
Rory McIlroy’s day was less smooth, as the four-time major winner concluded the day in 62nd place, two over par.
After starting his round on the tenth tee, the Northern Irishman established himself into a very comfortable position for the majority of his round, but a double bogey on the sixth hole was followed by a bogey on the eighth, leaving him three-over-par with one hole to play.
Despite the setbacks, the 32-year-old finished his first round on a strong note, birdying his final hole to finish with a two-over 72.
Bryson DeChambeau celebrated his return to the course with a five-under-par 65 on day one in Memphis, leaving him just three strokes behind the leader.
His appearance at TPC Southwind is his first since testing positive for Covid-19 little over two weeks ago, which caused him to withdraw from Team USA’s golf tournament at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games last week.
His excellent first 18 holes. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”