Ross Fisher and Chris Stroud both carded six under scores of 64 to set the pace at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. This is the final PGA Tour event of the season, with a lot on the line for quite a few players in the field.
Defending champion Sergio Garcia strongly staked his claim to a potential repeat as he carded an opening 65.
Fisher's strong start puts him in the position to surge into the top 125 of the FedEx Points race. He started yesterday morning in 162nd place.
Bubble sitting Stuart Appleby (66) played himself into contention as well. More importantly, it gives him a strong chance to finish in the top 10 which would likely ensure that he will get inside the top 125. The goal is to be in that field of 125 that will be competing at The Barclay's next week, the first tournament of the FedEx Cup series.
Former Masters Champion Trevor Immelman, at 148th coming in, is making a charge to qualify with his opening round 65. He's probably going to need to either win or finish 2nd to ensure his spot next week.
Robert Garrigus, Jordan Spieth, Matt Jones, Morgan Hoffman, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda all shot 65 to join Garcia and Immelman in a tie for 2nd.
Others sitting on the bubble coming into this event didn't fare so well.
While Peter Hanson (126th in the FedEx Cup race coming in) didn't hurt himself too much with his first round 68, it did leave him only one shot clear of the projected cut line, and he'll likely have to do a bit better today to provide a cushion going into the weekend.
Greg Chalmers (122nd in FedEx Cup points) put his ranking at risk with an even par 70, while Steve Bowditch, Bud Cauley, Ben Crane, and Padraig Harrington all worsened their chances by shooting over par in the first round. All of them are either right on the bubble or with in ten places of it so they'll need a course correction as the second round plays out today.
David Toms, ranked 145th coming in after his 7th place finish at last week's PGA Championship, probably needs a top 10 finish this week. His 2 over par 72 means that he's got his work cut out for him as so many players are ahead of him right now in the field.
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