Charles Schwab Challenge - R1

Finau leading, Spieth returns to form

May 23-26
Colonial CC, Fort Worth, Texas
$7,300,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


Jordan Spieth offered further evidence that he is returning to peak form with a five under par 65 on the opening day of the Charles Schwab Challenge.


Spieth, a three-time major winner, was joint third at last week’s US PGA Championship for his first top 10 since last summer’s Open at Carnoustie and his best finish in more than year.

The 25-year-old is renowned for his efficiency on the greens and he put in a career-best performance in strokes gained in putting (5.5), sinking everything inside 15 feet, to sit one shot behind overnight leader Tony Finau.

Beginning on the back nine, Spieth was off the green on the 13th but chipped in for the first of four birdies in eight holes, the last of which saw him hole a 30-foot putt to take the lead.

He dropped back after a poor approach at the 18th found a water hazard, leading to a double bogey, but back-to-back birdies immediately after the turn took the 2016 champion back to four under.


Spieth holed a monstrous 46-foot putt on the fourth for another gain before finishing bogey-birdie. In total, he had only 22 putts at Colonial Country Club near Fort Worth in Texas.

Spieth’s efforts in his home state put him in joint second alongside Roger Sloan, who hit 15 of 18 greens in regulation to bolster his charge up the leaderboard.

The 32-year-old carded six birdies with the only blemish of his first round arriving when he three-putted the ninth.

Finau, though, is the one to catch after his six under 64 as he bounced back from a modest showing last week at Bethpage, where he was tied for 64th.

The American had placed in the top 10 in four of his previous five majors and decided to switch to a craw grip for his putting, a move which paid dividends as he made seven birdies and just the one bogey.

He told the PGA Tour’s website: “I needed to switch something. It’s an itch I wanted to scratch. To me, it was just the perfect time.

“I’m left-hand dominant when I roll the stick. I used to putt cross-handed for about five years. I’ve been putting conventionally now for a couple of years.

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“But I just wanted to switch it up. I haven’t been putting great. I wanted to try something different, and it felt great out there.”

Former US PGA champions Jason Dufner and Jimmy Walker were among nine players on three under while English pair Matthew Fitzpatrick and Paul Casey were in a group two shots further back.

It was a day to forget for defending champion Justin Rose, who made four bogeys in eight holes on the back nine, as the world number three recorded a four over 74.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Tony Finau
USA
-6
64
T2
Roger Sloan
CAN
-5
65
T2
Jordan Spieth
USA
-5
65
T4
J. J. Henry
USA
-3
67
T4
Chesson Hadley
USA
-3
67
T4
Scott Brown
USA
-3
67
T4
Jason Dufner
USA
-3
67
T4
Jimmy Walker
USA
-3
67
T4
Peter Uihlein
USA
-3
67
T4
Trey Mullinax
USA
-3
67
T4
Nick Watney
USA
-3
67
T4
Jonas Blixt
SWE
-3
67
T13
Abraham Ancer
USA
-2
68
T13
Mackenzie Hughes
CAN
-2
68
T13
Ryan Palmer
USA
-2
68
T13
Kevin Tway
USA
-2
68
T13
Anirban Lahiri
IND
-2
68
T13
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-2
68
T13
Josh Teater
USA
-2
68
T13
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-2
68
T21
Kevin Streelman
USA
-1
69
T21
Nick Taylor
CAN
-1
69
T21
Tyrone van Aswegen
RSA
-1
69
T21
Andrew Putnam
USA
-1
69
T21
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-1
69
T21
Paul Casey
ENG
-1
69
T21
Bill Haas
USA
-1
69
T21
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-1
69
T21
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-1
69
T21
Danny Lee
NZL
-1
69
T21
Scott Langley
USA
-1
69
T21
Benjamin Silverman
CAN
-1
69
T21
Sam Burns
USA
-1
69
T21
Jim Furyk
USA
-1
69
T21
Corey Conners
CAN
-1
69
T21
Brian Gay
USA
-1
69
T21
Nate Lashley
USA
-1
69
T38
Tom Hoge
USA
Par
70
T38
Beau Hossler
USA
Par
70
T38
Brian Stuard
USA
Par
70
T38
Scott Piercy
USA
Par
70
T38
Brian Harman
USA
Par
70
T38
Max Homa
USA
Par
70
T38
Boo Weekley
USA
Par
70
T38
Matthew Every
USA
Par
70
T38
Kevin Na
USA
Par
70
T38
Ted Potter Jr.
USA
Par
70
T38
Cameron Champ
USA
Par
70
T38
Adam Long
USA
Par
70
T38
Charley Hoffman
USA
Par
70
T51
Chez Reavie
USA
1
71
T51
Keith Clearwater
USA
1
71
T51
David Toms
USA
1
71
T51
Mike Weir
CAN
1
71
T51
Shawn Stefani
USA
1
71
T51
Bud Cauley
USA
1
71
T51
Seamus Power
IRL
1
71
T51
Daniel Berger
USA
1
71
T51
Russell Knox
SCO
1
71
T51
Graeme McDowell
NIR
1
71
T51
Francesco Molinari
ITA
1
71
T51
Hudson Swafford
USA
1
71
T51
Branden Grace
RSA
1
71
T51
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
1
71
T51
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
1
71
T66
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
2
72
T66
Billy Horschel
USA
2
72
T66
Bryson DeChambeau
USA
2
72
T66
Michael Kim
KOR
2
72
T66
Kelly Kraft
USA
2
72
T66
Kevin Kisner
USA
2
72
T66
Ryan Armour
USA
2
72
T66
Zach Johnson
USA
2
72
T66
Talor Gooch
USA
2
72
T66
Tim Herron
USA
2
72
T66
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
2
72
T66
Adam Schenk
USA
2
72
T66
Denny McCarthy
USA
2
72
T66
Austin Cook
USA
2
72
T66
Chris Stroud
USA
2
72
T66
Martin Laird
SCO
2
72
T66
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
2
72
T83
Ryan Blaum
USA
3
73
T83
Rod Pampling
AUS
3
73
T83
Bronson Burgoon
USA
3
73
T83
Matt Jones
AUS
3
73
T83
Aaron Baddeley
AUS
3
73
T83
Dominic Bozzelli
USA
3
73
T83
Brice Garnett
USA
3
73
T83
Martin Kaymer
GER
3
73
T83
Ian Poulter
ENG
3
73
T83
Pat Perez
USA
3
73
T83
Michael Thompson
USA
3
73
T83
Scott Stallings
USA
3
73
T95
Richy Werenski
USA
4
74
T95
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
4
74
T95
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
4
74
T95
Rickie Fowler
USA
4
74
T95
Vaughn Taylor
USA
4
74
T95
J. T. Poston
USA
4
74
T95
Peter Malnati
USA
4
74
T95
Brandt Snedeker
USA
4
74
T95
Justin Rose
ENG
4
74
T95
Joel Dahmen
USA
4
74
T95
Kramer Hickok
USA
4
74
T106
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
5
75
T106
Brendan Steele
USA
5
75
T106
Jon Rahm
ESP
5
75
T106
Ben Crane
USA
5
75
T106
Doug Ghim
USA
5
75
T106
Ollie Schniederjans
USA
5
75
T112
Roberto Castro
USA
6
76
T112
Tucker Wadkins
USA
6
76
T112
Wyndham Clark
USA
6
76
T112
Xander Schauffele
USA
6
76
T112
Carlos Ortiz
MEX
6
76
T112
Colt Knost
USA
6
76
118
Andrew Landry
USA
7
77
T119
Patton Kizzire
USA
8
78
T119
Davis Love IV
USA
8
78
RET
Kenny Perry
USA
Par
80
RET
Tom Purtzer
USA
Par
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