Akshay Bhatia leads first round of the Rocket

The American stands out from the top of his -8 (64 shots) bogey free enhanced by the eagle placed on the 17th hole

by Andrea Gussoni
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Akshay Bhatia leads first round of the Rocket
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PGA Tour golfers kick off a new weekend of competition by completing the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic (prize money $9.2 million). The event born in 2019 is among the youngest on the top professional circuit and replaces the Quicken Loans National on the calendar.

At the conclusion of the first round Akshay Bhatia leads the standings.

Akshay Bhatia, results

The American stands out from the top of his -8 (64 shots) bogey free enhanced by the eagle placed on the 17th hole. Sensational finish for Bhatia, who finds three birdies and an eagle in the last 5 holes.

For the pacesetter, a one-length margin over the Englishman Aaron Rai, the German Matti Schmid, and his compatriots Taylor Montgomery, Michal Kim, Eric Cole, Rickie Fowler and Will Zalatoris. On the par 72 course of the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit (Michigan, United States of America), the Canadian Ben Silverman, the Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas and the Americans Nick Dunlap, Cameron Young, J.J.

Spaun, Ben Kohles, Ben Griffin and Lean Shipley. Very short ranking with as many as 99 golfers who finished the first round with scores below par. Among the few with non-negative scores is our Francesco Molinari, who archives the first round on par with the course.

Three birdies and as many bogeys for the Turin player, who however will be able to take great chances of making the cut on the Italian evening. This evening, therefore, there will be room for the second round which will take us to the usual Friday cut.

Akshay Bhatia (born January 31, 2002 in Los Angeles, California) is an American professional golfer, who has one win on the PGA Tour and one win on the Korn Ferry Tour. Bhatia took two silver medals at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires; first individually and then on a mixed team with Lucy Li.

On July 23, 2023, he won his first PGA Tour victory at the Barracuda Championship, beating compatriot Patrick Rodgers in a playoff. Bhatia was born in Northridge, California, and lives in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He was runner-up at the 2018 U.S.

Junior Amateur, losing to Michael Thorbjornsen in the final. He won two silver medals at the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics in the boy's individual and the mixed team with Lucy Li.

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