Sam Ryder takes opening round lead by a shot
Sam Ryder, the PGA Tour rookie played his just enough golf to get his name on top of the leaderboard in the opening round of Houston Open.
Ryder holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to reach 8-under par before it was too dark to continue. He now leads by a shot over the trio consisting Kevin Tway, Lucas Glover, and Beau Hossler, where Hossler is left to play his remaining two holes.
The opening round was suspended due to bad light as it was delayed due to heavy overnight rain in the local area of Golf Club of Houston, where the event is being played.
The second round will start at 7:20 AM.
Rickie Fowler is following Ryder with two shots tied for the fifth position with Julian Suri, Rod Pampling, Ryan Armour, and Paul Dunne at 6-under-66, where Dunne still remains to finish his last four holes.
Phil Mickelson coming from his recent win at the WGC-Mexico played 6-under on his front nine and was just a shot behind the leader before he struck a double-bogey on par-3 14th. Mickelson shot 4-under 68 for the day which consisted of three consecutive birdies through the par-4 third to par-4 fifth.
“I didn’t make a birdie on the back nine and that’s disappointing,” Mickelson said. “But I’m playing well. I got off to a good start. My goal is not to win on Thursday. My goal is to try to get in contention for the weekend. So I didn’t hurt myself there. But I didn’t help myself as much as I could have.”
Bubba Watson won his 11th PGA Tour Title at the Dell Match Play after defeating Kevin Kisner 7 and 6 on Sunday. But before that, he faced Julian Suri and he needed two straight birdies to avoid a playoff against Suri in group play.
Suri’s only way to reach the Masters is winning the Houston Open.
Indian Shubhankar Sharma led 54-holes at WGC-Mexico and was a strong contender whole week there. Sharma had a good start from the 10th tee posting 2-under 34 on his front nine, later on his back nine he struggled with a bogey on par-4 2nd and posted back to back bogeys from fifth to seventh hole before birdieing his par-5 8th hole and posted a total of 1-over-73 for the day for a T-126th on the board with Talor Gooch, Cameron Tringale, Scott Stallings, Derek Fathauer, Camilo Villegas, Ian Poulter, Ben Silverman, and Corey Conners.