For his first round, Tommy Fleetwood returned a card of 65, without error, with 1 eagle on 7 and 4 birdies, including two on the last two holes. Tommy Fleetwood has a small lead over five players who occupy second place (-4). It includes the South Korean Kyoung-Hoon Lee as well as the Americans Kévin Streelman, Taylor Moore, Ryan Palmer and Xander Schauffele. This Thursday, the world number 5 finished the Quail Hollow Club course in 66 shots, making 1 eagle on 10, 5 birdies and conceding 2 bogeys.
McIlroy back after missed Masters cut
The top 10 is completed by nine golfers in 7th place. This group includes Argentinian Emiliano Grillo, Australian Adam Scott, South Korean Tom Kim and Americans Patrick Cantlay, Sahith Theegala, Kramer Hickok, Chris Kirk, Wyndham Clark and Matthew NeSmith. Triple winner in North Carolina (2010, 2015, 2021), Rory McIlroy occupies the 16th position at -3. The Northern Irishman, back after an Augusta Masters where he did not make the cut, recorded a card of 68 (4 birdies, 1 bogey) on Thursday.
The winner of the 2022 edition a little behind for the moment
The defending champion, Max Homa, ranks 36th, at -1. The 32-year-old closed his first round with a score of 70 (4 birdies, 3 bogeys). Winner last week against Jon Rahm at the Mexico Open, Tony Finau started with a card in par (4 birdies, 2 bogeys, 1 double bogey at 13). The Salt Lake City native takes 58th place.
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