Valspar, a magic hole in one for Ryan Brehm
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 1850
Ryan Brehm holed-in-one on the par-3 17th hole for a 5-under 66 to join Adam Schenk and German Stephan Jaeger in the Valspar Championship co-leadership after the first round at Palm Harbor on Thursday. , fl. All three are one stroke ahead of Jordan Spieth, Lucas Glover and Maverick McNealy, who are tied at 4-under 67.
Ryan Brehm, results
Brehm, ranked world number 385, started with a three under par after making four birdies and a bogey. His masterpiece came on hole 17, par three. With 196 yards from tee to pin, Brehm hit a 7-iron and his ball bounced off the green, took a second hop and rolled straight into the hole for the eagle and -5 total.
He was the first 'ace' of his career on the PGA Tour, in which he has only made three of seventeen cuts this season, but where he won the Puerto Rico Open in 2022. Jaeger, world number 135, has six wins on the Korn Ferry Tour but none so far on the PGA Tour.
He started the tournament with one birdie and two bogeys over seven holes before finding a way to get six more birdies since then for another -5. Adam Schenk, currently ranked 143rd in the world, is also seeking his first PGA Tour win in his career.
He signed six birdies and only one bogey on Thursday and closes the list of co-leaders. For his part, Jordan Spieth had started the fight, because he was fourth in the first round with -4. He has done it with four birdies without a miss and shares position with Lucas Glover (seven birdies and four bogeys) and Maverick McNealy (five birdies and one bogey).
Classification after the first round (par 71)
1. Ryan Brehm (United States) 66
1. Stephan Jaeger (Germany) 66
1. Adam Schenk (United States) 66
4. Jordan Spieth (United States) 67
4. Lucas Glover (United States) 67
4. Maverick McNealy (United States) 67
Alex Smalley (United States) 68
7. Patton Kizzire (United States) 68
7. Byeong Hun An (South Korea) 68
7. Kramer Hickok (United States) 68
7. Tommy Fleetwood (England) 68