Fortinet Championship, Justin Lower leader

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Fortinet Championship, Justin Lower leader

He begins the 2022-2023 season on the PGA Tour, and does so with the Fortinet Championship in Napa, California. Net of the suspension for obscurity, there is a clear leader, Justin Lower, a 33-year-old fellow citizen of LeBron James and Steph Curry, having been born in Akron (Ohio) as the two NBA superstars.

In his second full season on the American circuit, after miraculously getting the card a year ago, Lower finds a great -9 performance with all birdies.

Fortinet Championship, results

Second place for Max Homa, who finishes at -7 and is also the author of a bogey free lap.

Third position for the two South Koreans Byeong Hun An and Seong-hyeong Kim, both at -6. If the former is already quite well known, the latter won the Japan PGA Championship in 2021, one of the prominent events of the Japanese tour, and entered through the Korn Ferry Tour qualifying school.

In sixth place is a huge group of golfers at -5: of the Americans there are JJ Spaun, Greyson Sigg, Rickie Fowler, Sahith Theegala, Scott Harrington, Bryce Garnett and Robby Shelton, who are accompanied by Canadian Nick Taylor, Argentine Emiliano Grillo, the German Mattias “Matti” Schmid and the South Korean Sung Kang.

The starts of various prominent names are not the best: the Japanese Hideki Matsuyama is 24th at -3, and further behind there are figures such as Brandt Snedeker and the English Matt Wallace 35th at -2, as well as Webb Simpson and the former US Open winner Gary Woodland.

Napa is the capital of the county of the same name, in the state of California (United States of America). According to the 2014 estimate, it had a total population of 76,915 people. Napa was named "city" in 1872. On December 31, 2005, the Napa River overflowed and flooded the entire downtown area and thousands of acres across the county.

More than 4,000 residents were evacuated and 1,000 homes were destroyed. The flood of 2005 was the 23rd most devastating of the aforementioned river since 1865. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of ​​32.20 km² (17.80 mi²).

45.80 km² (17.7 mi²) of it is land and 0.20 km² (0.10 mi²) (0.51%) is water. The river of the same name crosses the city towards the bay of San Pablo. Napa has conducted a number of waterfront and riverside developments including backfill operations for the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The Napa River Flood Project has been running since the late 1990s with the aim of reducing the risk of flooding along the 6 mile (9.7 km) stretch of river and 1 mile (1.6 km) of Napa Creek. .