Alex Noren carded a 10-under 61, his career-low 18-hole score on the PGA Tour, in spite of a bogey at the par-4 5th, to take a two shot lead at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship before play was suspended due to darkness.
"Very happy. I mean, it was quite easy conditions and there's a lot of wedges out there, but I improved the wedges a lot coming from Japan where I struggled with them, so I'm very, very happy. It was great to get a 10-under. It was a long time ago I had like a really low round, you know, lower than maybe 5, 6 under, so I feel good.
"Worked quite hard over the last two weeks at home as well and working on things that me and my coach [Matt Belsham] have worked on just trying to get a bit more fade bias. Tend to hit more greens like that. I maybe hit the driver OK with the draw as well with it turning both ways, but the irons into the greens get -- sort of hit the wrong distances more often, too many gaps and I don't have the distance control. So here today was -- that was pretty much the best I've -- closest I've got to the hole in a very, very long time.
His eleven birdies marks his most in a single round and he tied Taylor Pendrith (R2/2021) for the tournament record 18-hole score.
The Swede seeks a first victory in his 162nd career start on the PGA Tour. He has recorded three top-10 finishes this season.
Vince Whaley posted an 8-under 63, his career-low round on Tour, for a share of second place alongside fellow Americans Robert Garrigus, Dylan Wy and D.J. Trahan.
The top 125 in the FedExCup Fall standings thru The RSM Classic will be exempt into all Full-Field events and The Players Championship next season.
Nos. 51-60 in the standings at the conclusion of The RSM Classic will qualify for two Signature Events in 2024 via The Next 10 (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, The Genesis Invitational).