BMW Championship R1

Hideki Matsuyama takes opening lead

August 27-30
Olympia Fields CC (North), Olympia Fields, Illinois
$9,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


BMW Championship R1 - Hideki Matsuyama takes opening lead
Hideki Matsuyama. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)


Hideki Matsuyama sank a 65-foot birdie putt on his final hole to take the lead in the BMW Championship on a day when par was a great score.


Matsuyama birdied twice in his last three holes for a 3-under 67, one of only three players to finish below par.

“I’m not sure really what I had going today, but that last putt, the long putt that went in, very happy with that one,” Matsuyama said. “So we’ll remember that one.”


Tyler Duncan’s 8-foot par putt on his last hole puts him in second place one shot behind Matsuyama while Mackenzie Hughes lies in third place.

Last week’s winner Dustin Johnson opened with a 71 and felt like it was a good day’s work.


Tiger Woods needs a good finish to have a shot at the $15 million bonus for the FedExCup winner. He finished with three straight bogeys for a 73

“The course was fine. The course is in perfect shape. Not the way I wanted to finish,” he commented.

The average score was 72.8, and only four of the 18 holes played under par, including both par 5s.

“I think when golf courses become like this and pars are a premium, I think I’m almost more comfortable at times because you don’t feel like you’ll ever get left behind when you’re running off a few pars in a row,” Hughes said. “Like last week, if you got off to a slow start and you were even par through six holes you felt like you were getting run over.”





Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Hideki Matsuyama
-3
67
2
Tyler Duncan
-2
68
3
Mackenzie Hughes
-1
69
T4
Abraham Ancer
E
70
T4
Tony Finau
E
70
T4
Matthew Fitzpatrick
E
70
T4
Lanto Griffin
E
70
T4
Harry Higgs
E
70
T4
Billy Horschel
E
70
T4
Mark Hubbard
E
70
T4
Rory McIlroy
E
70
T4
Sebastián Muñoz
E
70
T4
Carlos Ortiz
E
70
T14
Patrick Cantlay
1
71
T14
Joel Dahmen
1
71
T14
Jim Herman
1
71
T14
Tom Hoge
1
71
T14
Viktor Hovland
1
71
T14
Dustin Johnson
1
71
T14
Ryan Palmer
1
71
T21
Dylan Frittelli
2
72
T21
Brian Harman
2
72
T21
Kevin Kisner
2
72
T21
Adam Long
2
72
T21
Kevin Na
2
72
T21
Joaquin Niemann
2
72
T21
Alex Noren
2
72
T21
Louis Oosthuizen
2
72
T21
J.T. Poston
2
72
T21
Adam Scott
2
72
T21
Brendan Steele
2
72
T21
Michael Thompson
2
72
T21
Bubba Watson
2
72
T21
Matthew Wolff
2
72
T35
Byeong Hun An
3
73
T35
Daniel Berger
3
73
T35
Paul Casey
3
73
T35
Bryson DeChambeau
3
73
T35
Tyrrell Hatton
3
73
T35
Danny Lee
3
73
T35
Patrick Reed
3
73
T35
Xander Schauffele
3
73
T35
Justin Thomas
3
73
T35
Brendon Todd
3
73
T35
Tiger Woods
3
73
T46
Adam Hadwin
4
74
T46
Russell Henley
4
74
T46
Max Homa
4
74
T46
Jason Kokrak
4
74
T46
Richy Werenski
4
74
T51
Harris English
5
75
T51
Charles Howell III
5
75
T51
Matt Kuchar
5
75
T51
Jon Rahm
5
75
T51
Scottie Scheffler
5
75
T51
Robby Shelton
5
75
T51
Cameron Smith
5
75
T51
Nick Taylor
5
75
T51
Gary Woodland
5
75
T60
Corey Conners
6
76
T60
Jason Day
6
76
T60
Talor Gooch
6
76
T60
Collin Morikawa
6
76
T60
Kevin Streelman
6
76
T65
Cameron Champ
7
77
T65
Sungjae Im
7
77
T65
Andrew Landry
7
77
T65
Maverick McNealy
7
77
69
Marc Leishman
10
80
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