Sergio Garcia capped a gleaming seven-beneath 65 alongside with his 2nd eagle of the day Thursday to capture a two-shot lead within the well-known round of the PGA Tour Gamers Championship.
The Spaniard, who obtained the Gamers in 2008 and lost in a playoff in 2015, advised successfully certain of the trouble that bedevilled enjoying accomplice Rory McIlroy and plenty others at TPC Sawgrass, picking up four strokes in his final three holes to dwelling an early aim no one can also eradicate.
Brian Harman got here closest, firing a five-beneath par 67 for solo 2nd sooner than darkness halted play with 21 golfers silent on the route. The round will resume on Friday morning.
Garcia polished things off with an 18-foot eagle putt on the ninth, his final hole of the day. He launched his closing burst with a 16-foot birdie on the seventh and drained a 17-footer for birdie at eight.
“I’ve repeatedly said it, Valderrama and this route are about a of my top current ones and for some reason it factual more or less suits my scrutinize,” Garcia said.
“I see what I prefer to lift out at ease exceptional every hole and then it be a matter of doing it, nevertheless positively I essentially feel more at ease and I’ve executed successfully here. So all those things relief.”
Garcia adopted his first birdie of the day at 15 with a 9-foot eagle at 16. He adopted up his lone bogey of the day on the well-known with a birdie on the 2nd.
And after his bravura lift out, he became once 14-strokes in front of McIlroy, the defending champion after his victory in 2019 which potential of the derailment of the 2020 edition by the coronavirus pandemic.
McIlroy opened his round with a double-bogey six on the 10th, where he hit his tee shot into the bushes and needed to capture a penalty.
After a three-putt bogey at 13, things purchased even worse with a quadruple-bogey at 18 — where he hit two balls into the water and at final three-putted.
“I mean, regardless whilst you capture that 18th hole out it silent wasn’t a very sexy day,” said McIlroy, who said he factual wasn’t enjoying successfully sufficient to conquer errors.
“Very laborious, especially whilst you are trying to resolve it out as you dawdle alongside on aim, sexy?” he said. “You would also very successfully be attempting to resolve it out nevertheless you continue to know you would possibly want to now not essentially certain where the photos are coming from.”
Harman became once one-over thru seven holes after three bogeys and two birdies, nevertheless he launched a skedaddle of 4 straight birdies on the ninth, then added birdies at 15 and 16 sooner than saving par at 18 to lift out five-beneath.
“I made a sexy swing on eight and then made two essentially sexy swings on 9,” Harman said. “And after I drove it successfully on 10, I felt admire I will be able to also more or less flip it free a runt bit bit and that’s the reason more or less what took yelp.”
Eire’s Shane Lowry twice purchased to five-beneath, regaining a portion of 2nd with a birdie at 17 sooner than a closing bogey left him in a community on 68 alongside England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick and Canadian Corey Conners.
Bryson DeChambeau, coming off a victory within the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday, headed a community on 69 that also incorporated Lee Westwood of England, Denny McCarthy and Tom Hoge.
World number 1 Dustin Johnson settled for a one-over par 73, while 2nd-ranked Jon Rahm of Spain, three-over thru 10 holes, had four birdies coming in sooner than a bogey at 18 in an even-par 72.
Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, who had fired a first-round 63 to lead final year sooner than the tournament became once halted due to the Covid-19, opened with a four-over 76.
TPC Sawgrass’ signature 17th hole, with its treacherous island inexperienced, produced quite a lot of heartache, no one feeling it more than South Korean An Byeong-hun, who put four balls within the water on the manner to an 11 on the par-three hole.
An, who then capped his 11-over 83 with a double-bogey six at 18, became once in a position to chortle later, posting a video on Twitter of his quite a lot of miscues at 17.
Leading rankings on Thursday within the well-known round of the US PGA Tour
Gamers Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
(Spherical suspended by darkness, to resume Friday. USA except renowned,
65 – Sergio Garcia (ESP)
67 – Brian Harman
68 – Matthew Fitzpatrick (ENG), Corey Conners (CAN), Shane Lowry (IRL)
69 – Lee Westwood (ENG), Tom Hoge, Denny McCarthy, Bryson DeChambeau
– Gary Woodland, Keegan Bradley, Prick Taylor (CAN), Adam Long,
Christiaan Bezuidenhout (RSA), Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Ryan Palmer,
Steve Stricker, Jason Kokrak, Jason Day (AUS)