Though one round isn’t enough to glean much about how the leaderboard will look by the end of the week, it’s safe to say that we had a mixed bag in the first round at Harding Park. A real combination of the big hitters everyone expected to go well here and shorter, more accurate players who many thought the course may find out. The current top two on the leaderboard summing this up well enough, in the case of the longer hitting Aussie, Jason Day, sharing the lead with shorter hitting, Brendon Todd.
Now, on Todd, I seriously underestimated him in yesterday’s 3-ball’s preview. Expecting a hangover after a difficult final round in Memphis, he showed great mental fortitude to leave that behind and lead the first major of the year just 4 days later, largely down to a typically excellent day with the putter. A frustrating result in the other 3-ball selection, as Troy Merritt, who led that group for most of the round, finished +3 thru his final 3 holes to go from first to last in that 3-ball.