NAPA, California—— McNealy In Friday’s Fortinet Championship, he swallowed three consecutive bogeys and scored 74 yards into the eagle hole, scoring 64, 8 under par.
After failing to win 66 career starts on the PGA Tour, McNealy caught 9 birdies-one from a green bunker-to offset his mistakes and shot under par at Silverado Resort and Spa 12 strokes.
McNealy, who missed promotion here a year ago, shot 68 at the opening and fell behind by 3 at the beginning of the first day, but he quickly made up for it by birdies on three of the first four holes. at this point.
The 25-year-old Northern California native scored 9 points under par when turning, then stumbled when he hit the ball on the 1st into the green bunker. McNealy had to fight for a bogey. When a short putt missed for a long time, he missed another shot on the next hole, and then fell to 6 under par after entering the green bunker again.
One of McNealy’s bogeys came after he bounced back from a tree and walked 50 yards down the driveway after teeing off at number 3.
“Actually, I thought a golf cart ran over my ball, so I had to put the ball down,” said McNealy, ranked 110th. “I played flawless golf on the first nine holes. It turned a corner and things went very interesting. Suddenly, I swallowed three bogeys in a row.”
McNealy put a 10-foot birdie putt on the 4th hole to get back on track. Then he caught two more birdies, and then he shot brilliantly from the bunker and caught another birdie on the 7th hole. After par-eight on the par, McNealy shortened his approach distance on the last 571-yard par-5 hole, then used a sand wedge to hit the ball with a leaps and bounds for the Eagles.
“I was actually a little nervous because it looked like it fell on a pitch mark and then shot forward and to the right,” McNealy said. “It turns out that this is a great kick.”
This made McNealy the best male college golfer at Stanford University’s 2015 Haskins Awards, and he was in good shape before the weekend when he sought his first tour victory.
McNealy said: “I always tell myself that for every putt you push now, you will have to put one less in the future.” “It’s great to be at the top of the leaderboard now, but at the end of the 72 hole, it’s at the top of the list. Means more.”
Hosler did not bogey and entered the competition with 8 birdies, 10 under par. This helped him overcome the unbalanced first round, which included a double bogey-the only flaw on his scorecard so far.
Hosler said: “I didn’t try to force the ball into the hole, but I put a lot of mid-range putts, this is where you can really hit the ball.” “I know I can be very good on the green. Roll the ball well, so I have to get as many opportunities as possible.”
The 51-year-old Mickelson overcame a pair of bogeys and a cracked head on his fairway woods to continue the competition.
Mickelson said: “I pushed very well, so I have the opportunity to give it a try.”