In ideal conditions on the first day of the 2020
Rickie Fowler Rocket Mortgage Classic, three players are tied for the lead at Detroit Golf Club. Kevin Kisner, Doc Redman (what an awesome name!) and Scott Stallings each carded seven-under-par 65s.
It was a great day to go low as the cut will probably be around three or four under (possibly lower) come tomorrow evening. No winds and receptive greens made for great TV (lots of birdies).
It was the Bryson DeSLAMbeau show all afternoon (we’ll get to him soon), but Kisner had a bogey-free 65 during the afternoon wave. Pretty sure the only actual shot of his they showed on TV was the eight-footer he made for par on his final hole of the day. Kisner saunters around the course and just looks so smooth with the flat stick.
Doc Redman has TORN THIS COURSE UP the last two years. In five rounds at DGC, he is -26. What’s even crazier is despite that, he’s never held the outright lead after any round. He had a little bit of psycho scorecard coming in with only one par. Also, his moustache is hideous. Just brutal. Doc also looks like he gassed a dozen Miller High Life’s on Wednesday night.
If you haven’t fallen in love with Bryson’s game on the course then shame on you. He is an absolute monster and a Tour De Content.
Below is him playing the 13th hole.
354-yard drive. Little flip wedge and a three-footer. Ho-hum birdie. Too easy. Trevor was right. That ball was absolutely smashed. 196MPH ball speed!
DeSLAMbeau had drives on the back nine of 317 (weak!), 330, 354, 376, 336, 377 and 325. In total, he had SEVEN drives of 340 yards today. BUT, he wasn’t just doing it with the driver. He had the putter going as well. Check out his eagle putt on 14.
If it weren’t for a sloppy bogey on 18, he’d be T1 heading into tomorrow. He shot 66 which is becoming his new normal, but he made four bogeys. A 66 with four bogeys is crazy. He had eight birdies, an eagle, five pars and four bogeys. Rollercoaster ride for Gains Stewart on Thursday.
Tournament host, Rickie Fowler had a nice little 67 to start the week. Oh wait, he’s not the tournament host. My bad. He got off to a hot start and despite battling blisters (?!) he rolled in seven birdies on the day and one sloppy double bogey on 18.
He stuck his approach on his opening hole and was locked in. He also made some nice putts. I love the angle in the putt below. No better feeling than watching the ball disappear.
Bubba had a nice day with the big stick on Thursday, hitting all 14 fairways. Check out his tee shot on 18 below. He knew he needed it to go 14/14. Also, the way he shapes his shots is awesome.
And my favorite little sparkplug/Cwalks pick to win this week, Tyrrell Hatton showed off some of his famous British sarcasm.
Should be a fun Friday in Detroit. How often is that statement typed?