An opening hole double-bogey had Shane Lowry back-pedalling from the outset on day one of the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
After the joy a day earlier of being reunited with his missing suitcase and golf clubs, Lowry sent his opening tee shot well left off the tee and into the trees on route a horror double-bogey ‘6″.
Lowry did manage an eagle putt in his round however a one-over par 71 on the host Sedgefield course has him lying in a lowly share of 109th place n the $7.3m event.
Keeping Lowry company at one-over is golfing whiz kid Will Zalatoris and struggling Rickie Fowler who also doubled his opening hole.
After Lowry’s poor start it didn’t get any better for the Irishman, dropping shots at the second and fourth holes to be four-over heading to the fifth hole.
Though there’s a reason we all love the game of golf as Lowry will attest. He found the green in two at the par-5 fifth hole and rolled in the near 10-footer for an eagle ‘3. Then at the next, he sent a 16-footer to the bottom of the cup for a birdie ‘3’ and now Lowry’s back to just one-over.
He dropped a shot at the next to make the turn in two-over before getting back to just one-over for his round in sinking a curling left-to-right putt that just had enough legs to drop at the par-4 10th.
Lowry then parred the next six holes before finishing birdie, bogey.
Up front, American John Huh leads the way by two shots with a nine-under 61 that included an eagle and seven birdies.
“I hit it close enough and gave myself a lot of chances”, he said.
“The longest putt I think I made was a 15-, 20-footer for eagle, but other than that, I put it pretty much inside 10 feet and made all that.
“I’m actually surprised I’m at the top of the leaderboard, yeah, to be quite honest with you. I didn’t really feel my game was there, but it’s one of those days where I took advantage of some good shots and good breaks, I think”.