Four Tied For Lead at FedEx St Jude Classic

After the opening-round of the St. Jude Classic, there is a four-way tie atop of the leaderboard at TPC Southwind.

 
Scott Brown, Stewart Cink, Matt Every and Sebastian Munoz each shot 6-under 64s on Thursday to share the lead after 18 holes.

One shot back, tied for fifth, at 5-under 65, is the twosome of Matt Jones and Charl Schwartzel.

Chez Reavie and two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen are tied for seventh after each posting 4-under 66s.

Every, who last won in 2014, and has struggled badly for the past two seasons, was happy with his round, but realizes there are 54 holes to go.

“I haven’t played real well in a couple years, and I’ve been out here for like seven or eight, so I kind of know the drill,” Every said. “Like one round is not that big a deal. It is nice to play well, but yeah, they don’t hand out trophies after the first round.”

The 33-year-old Every was at 3-under after 14 holes, but closed strong with an eagle on the par-5 16th, and a birdie on the 18th.

 
Brown, who has two runner-ups in 2017 (Zurich Classic and Genesis Open), also had a strong finish with birdies on 16 and 17.

“I’ve been striking it nicely now for a few months and just the putter’s kind of been a little inconsistent,” Brown said. “Hot some days, cold some days. … If I can keep the putter rolling, should be kind of in the mix for the week.”

The 44-year-old Cink made the turn at 4-under and then went 2-under on the back-nine with four birdies and two bogeys.

Munoz, a 24-year-old from Colombia, posted a bogey-free round with six birdies, including back to back on Nos. 15-16.

Defending champion Daniel Berger opened with an even-par 70. The tournament favorite, World No. 9 Rickie Fowler, hit just six of 14 fairways en route to a 4-over 74. Aussie Adam Scott opened with a 1-over par 71.


Top 10

T1 Matt Every -6
T1 Scott Brown -6
T1 Stewart Cink -6
T1 Sebastian Munoz -6
T5 Charl Schwartzel -5
T5 Matt Jones -5
T7 Retief Goosen -4
T7 Chez Reavie -4
T9 Peter Malnati -3
T9 Grayson Murray -3
T9 John Huh -3
T9 Harris English -3
T9 Chad Campbell -3


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Leader Notes

  • This is Every’s fifth first-round lead/co-lead on Tour. Of four previous 18-hole leads, his best finish was a T2 at the 2012 Valero Texas Open.
  • Brown has his second first-round lead/co-lead on Tour. He held a share of the first-round lead at the 2016 Farmers Insurance Open.
  • This is Cink’s 11th first-round lead/co-lead on the PGA Tour and first since the 2014 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (T33). His last win on Tour came at the 2009 Open Championship, his lone major title.
  • Munoz is making just his 10th career start on the PGA Tour and has never led after any round.

Quotable

“The key to my round today was the key to anyone’s round who plays well here and that is you’ve got to keep the ball in front of you. Meaning, you don’t have to hit every fairway, but you can’t really be off too much.”
Stewart Cink


Leaderboard

T1Matt Every-6
T1Scott Brown-6
T1Stewart Cink-6
T1Sebastian Munoz-6
T5Charl Schwartzel-5
T5Matt Jones-5
T7Retief Goosen-4
T7Chez Reavie-4
T9Peter Malnati-3
T9Grayson Murray-3
T9John Huh-3
T9Harris English-3
T9Chad Campbell-3
T14Troy Merritt-2
T14Kevin Chappell-2
T14Ernie Els-2
T14Spencer Levin-2
T14Scott Stallings-2
T14Brian Campbell-2
T14Peter Uihlein-2
T14Chris Stroud-2
T14Kyle Reifers-2
T14Ben Crane-2
T14Steve Wheatcroft-2
T14Mark Hubbard-2
T14Jonathan Randolph-2
T14Trey Mullinax-2
T14Rick Lamb-2
T29Ryan Palmer-1
T29Alex Cejka-1
T29Fabian Gomez-1
T29Martin Flores-1
T29Cameron Tringale-1
T29Kevin Tway-1
T29Brandon Hagy-1
T29Bryson DeChambeau-1
T29Seamus Power-1
T29Brian Stuard-1
T29Graeme McDowell-1
T29Phil Mickelson-1
T29Brooks Koepka-1
T29Dominic Bozzelli-1
T29Meen Whee Kim-1
T29Ian Poulter-1
T29Carl Pettersson-1
T29Johnson Wagner-1
T29Xander Schauffele-1
T48Bill LundeE
T48Nick WatneyE
T48Daniel BergerE
T48Michael ThompsonE
T48Camilo VillegasE
T48Bob EstesE
T48Bobby GatesE
T48Ben MartinE
T48Vijay SinghE
T48Scott PiercyE
T48David HearnE
T48Derek FathauerE
T48Rafael Cabrera BelloE
T48Luke ListE
T48Steven AlkerE
T48Joel DahmenE
T48Ryan BrehmE
T65Patrick Rodgers1
T65Roberto Castro1
T65Tag Ridings1
T65Danny Lee1
T65Cody Gribble1
T65Adam Scott1
T65Hunter Mahan1
T65Russell Knox1
T65John Peterson1
T65Greg Owen1
T65Brett Drewitt1
T65Zack Sucher1
T65Braden Thornberry1
T65Shawn Stefani1
T65Sung-hoon Kang1
T65Chris Kirk1
T65Smylie Kaufman1
T65Tim Wilkinson1
T65Will Wilcox1
T84Brendon de Jonge2
T84Cameron Percy2
T84JT Poston2
T84K.J. Choi2
T84Billy Horschel2
T84Davis Love III2
T84Kyle Stanley2
T84Boo Weekley2
T84Jason Bohn2
T84Ryan Blaum2
T84D.A. Points2
T84Jim Furyk2
T84Francesco Molinari2
T84Robert Streb2
T84Stuart Appleby2
T84Andres Gonzales2
T84Patton Kizzire2
T84Curtis Luck2
T84Chip Deason2
T84Max Homa2
T84Brad Fritsch2
T84Garrett Osborn2
T84Jordan Russell2
T84Miguel Angel Carballo2
T108Seung-yul Noh3
T108Tyrone van Aswegen3
T108Bryce Molder3
T108Robert Garrigus3
T108Daniel Summerhays3
T108Gonzalo Fdez-Castano3
T108Harold Varner, III3
T108Mark Anderson3
T108Ricky Barnes3
T108Brett Stegmaier3
T108Michael Putnam3
T108John Rollins3
T108Ryan Armour3
T108Sam Horsfield3
T108Tom Hoge3
T123Rory Sabbatini4
T123Will MacKenzie4
T123Zac Blair4
T123Andrew Loupe4
T123J.B. Holmes4
T123Rickie Fowler4
T123Charlie Wi4
T123Richy Werenski4
T123Julian Etulain4
T123George McNeill4
T123J.J. Henry4
T123Steven Bowditch4
T123Sam Saunders4
T136Arjun Atwal5
T136William McGirt5
T136Andres Romero5
T136Tyler Aldridge5
T136Mark Wilson5
T136Hudson Swafford5
T136Chad Collins5
T143Brian Gay6
T143John Merrick6
T143Blayne Barber6
T143Nicholas Lindheim6
T143Russell Henley6
T143Dicky Pride6
T149Bobby Wyatt7
T149Oliver Peacock7
T149Hiroshi Iwata7
T149Shane Bertsch7
T153David Duval8
T153Ken Duke8
T153Richard Schembechler II8
-Sung Joon ParkWD

Jeff Smith

Jeff is a Producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is producing a digital documentary on the 2016-17 PGA Tour season.



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