BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sam Ryder, Adam Schenk & Keith Mitchell each shot 7-under 64 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour Finals' Albertsons Boise Open.
Ryder birdied the first four holes & five of the first six at Hillcrest Country Club. The 26-year-old former Stetson player, 31st on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list, bogeyed the ninth, birdied the 12th & eagled the par-5 16th.
''I birdied my first four holes, so that never hurts,'' Ryder said. ''I just drove it well, drove it in the fairway for the most part, & I just holed a couple putts early. That's kind of been the difference maker for me – the putter. When I manage to make some putts, I've been able to put some satisfactory scores together. So seeing some putts go in early jump-started the round for me.''
p>Schenk had nine birdies – the last a 35-footer on the par-4 18th – & two bogeys. The 24-year-old former Purdue player was 40th on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list.
''Got off to a nice start early. Didn't make many mistakes out there really,'' Schenk said. ''Hit a lot of wedges at the pin. On this golf course, if you hit wedges good, you can shoot a satisfactory number because you have so many of them. And made a couple long putts like on the last hole, so if you can some putts & hit your wedges good, you're going to shoot a low one.''
Mitchell eagled the par-4 ninth & had six birdies & a bogey. The 24-year-old former Georgia player was 70th on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list.
''I was kind of in control of my game,'' Mitchell said. ''I started off a little shaky & had to drop on the second hole. I missed a couple of greens to start, yet my short game was doing well today, & it kept me in it. I made a few putts the rest of the way.''
The tournament is the second in the four-event series features the top 75 players from the Web.com Tour money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup standings & some non-members with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had he been eligible.
The top 25 players on the Web.com Tour regular-season money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals. The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings.
''It's crazy … three more rounds away from potentially getting a PGA Tour card, which sounds kind of crazy,'' Schenk said. ''You can't obtain ahead of yourself, yet if I play three more solid rounds, I'll have a satisfactory chance, yet there will be some low scores this week.''
Rory Sabbatini Ryan Brehm, Brett Drewitt & Hiroshi Iwata shot 65, & Stuart Appleby, Scott Stallings, Andrew Johnston, Ollie Schniederjans, Trey Mullinax, Xander Schauffele, Julian Etulain, Matt Jones, Rob Oppenheim & Luke Guthrie were at 66.
Bryson DeChambeau opened with a 69. He won the series-opening DAP Championship last week in a playoff in Ohio to wrap up a PGA Tour card.
Defending champion Martin Piller had five bogeys in a 75.
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