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Six Share PGA Memorial First-Round Lead; Matsuyama DQ’d

PGA Memorial – Three Americans, an Australian, a Canadian and a South Korean share the first-round lead. It was for the US Professional Golfers Association Memorial tournament at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio. US golfers Luke List, Davis Riley and Cameron Smith all shot 5-under-par 67. Joining them are Cameron Smith of Australia, Mackenzie Hughes of Canada and Lee Kyoung-hoon of South Korea in the clubhouse. This was after 18 holes of action in the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course. The best PGA golf odds available says it is the largest leading group after the first round in tournament history but there are still 54 holes left to play to determine this year’s winner.

PGA Memorial: Spectacular Rounds for the Six Parbusters

Smith, who started at the back nine, clustered three birdies in his first six holes. He had four birdies and two bogeys in the next 12 holes to take the opening-round edge. Lee, on the other hand, made an eagle from 152 yards at the ninth and made consecutive birdies at the 15th and 16th holes. He concluded his round with clutch par saves in the last two holes. Young had two straight birdies on the 12th and 13th then followed it up with a 15-foot eagle putt at the 15th. He finished the round with a 27-footer at the ninth for a birdie. 

Riley holed three straight birdies from the 11th and rolled in a 17-footer for an eagle at the par-5 15th. He made another birdie on the 17th after losing a stroke due to a bogey at the 16th. List sank six birdies to make amends for his lone bogey at the 17th. Hughes could have been the opening round leader after he shot nine birdies but two bogeys and a double-bogey pulled him down and joined the five golfers at the top.

The six are a shot ahead of Will Zalatoris, Denny McCarthy, Wyndham Clark and Sahith Theegala. A 10-man logjam led by Max Homa, Corey Conners and Shane Lowry is a stroke behind at three-under. A star-studded group, including Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele, Jordan Spieth and Im Sung-jae ended up at 2-under while Jason Day, Joaquin Niemann and Collin Morikawa are part of the bunch of parbusters at 1-under.

DeChambeau Struggles, Matsuyama Disqualified

Former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau struggled in the first round with a 76. DeChambeau chalked up two birdies in the second and seventh holes but had four bogeys and a double-bogey to end up tied for 96th. It was his first tournament since he underwent left wrist surgery. The organizers, meanwhile, disqualified 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama for using a non-conforming club. It was the first time the Japanese golfer was disqualified from any US PGA event. Organizers said that dabs of white paint used to mark one of Matsuyama’s clubs were applied freely, spilling from inner grooves onto the face of his clubs. Further tests showed that Matsuyama’s clubs were deemed “improper” for the tournament, disqualifying him from the event.

The first round of Memorial was eventful with the superstars making their moves to make the tournament interesting. The top site for sports betting will cover the tournament and reveal the results after four rounds.