WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational R1

Koepka powers to two-shot lead in Memphis

July 30 – August 02
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tennessee
$10,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4


WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational 2020 R1 - Koepka powers to two-shot lead in Memphis
Brooks Koepka watches his tee shot on the 18th before carding a 62 on day one of the St Jude Invitation (Mark Humphrey/AP)


Defending champion Brooks Koepka fired a superb eight-under par 62 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the St Jude Invitational in Memphis on Thursday.


The four-time major winner shot six birdies against one bogey on the front nine before picking up three more birdies in a strong back nine to record his equal-lowest total on the PGA Tour.

He led from fellow Americans Rickie Fowler and Brendon Todd, who finished with a flourish with four straight birdies.



Rory McIlroy made a poor start, the world No 2 shooting a three-over 73 which left him in grave danger of missing the cut.

England’s Graeme McDowell was the best-placed Briton, a two-under 68 leaving him in a share of 15th place along with Ireland’s Shane Lowry.



Koepka made a blistering start by birdying his first four holes, including making a 23-foot putt for a two at the fourth.

A drive into the trees and a missed three-footer gave him a bogey five at the seventh, but he atoned with successive birdies to finish his outward nine.

The world No 6 continued his sublime form with the putter coming home, sinking a 17-footer for par on the 10th and birdie attempts from 18 and 14 feet on the 11th and 16th.



Fowler was four-under after eight holes. He drained an 18-foot putt for birdie at the sixth, and a 30-footer to pick up another shot at the eighth, before his only front nine blemish with a bogey five at the ninth.

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Three birdies in an unspoiled homeward nine – including putts from 22 and 17 feet at the 12th an 13th – kept him within reach of the lead.

The 35-year-old Todd also took advantage of a benign back nine, his grandstand finish including a 45-foot putt on the 17th.

McIlroy had a day he would rather forget. After opening with three pars, wayward tee shorts brought a hat-trick of bogeys from holes four through six before long birdie putts at seven and nine took him back to one-over.



The Northern Irishman found water off the tee at the short 11th, then three-putted from 20 feet at 14, in a two-over back nine.

McDowell made three straight front nine birdies, drilling putts of 23 and 35 feet on holes seven and eight, then parred all but one of his last 10 holes, with a bogey five at 12.

Among other English players, Danny Willett was seven off the pace after a one-under 69, Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a 70, Paul Casey a 71, and Tommy Fleetwood, Matt Wallace and Tyrrell Hatton had 72s.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
1
Brooks Koepka
-8
62
T2
Rickie Fowler
-6
64
T2
Brendon Todd
-6
64
4
Sung Kang
-5
65
T5
Matt Kuchar
-4
66
T5
Chez Reavie
-4
66
T5
Max Homa
-4
66
T5
Justin Thomas
-4
66
T9
Phil Mickelson
-3
67
T9
Abraham Ancer
-3
67
T9
Sergio Garcia
-3
67
T9
Sungjae Im
-3
67
T9
Bryson DeChambeau
-3
67
T9
Viktor Hovland
-3
67
T15
Mackenzie Hughes
-2
68
T15
Keegan Bradley
-2
68
T15
Xander Schauffele
-2
68
T15
Bubba Watson
-2
68
T15
Louis Oosthuizen
-2
68
T15
Jordan Spieth
-2
68
T15
Byeong Hun An
-2
68
T15
Shane Lowry
-2
68
T15
Graeme McDowell
-2
68
T15
Jason Day
-2
68
T15
Hideki Matsuyama
-2
68
T15
Haotong Li
-2
68
T27
Nick Taylor
-1
69
T27
Webb Simpson
-1
69
T27
Ryan Palmer
-1
69
T27
Scottie Scheffler
-1
69
T27
Jason Kokrak
-1
69
T27
Dustin Johnson
-1
69
T27
Matthew Wolff
-1
69
T27
Danny Willett
-1
69
T27
Henrik Stenson
-1
69
T36
Andrew Landry
E
70
T36
Michael Thompson
E
70
T36
Billy Horschel
E
70
T36
Jon Rahm
E
70
T36
Marc Leishman
E
70
T36
Tony Finau
E
70
T36
Matthew Fitzpatrick
E
70
T36
Collin Morikawa
E
70
T36
J.T. Poston
E
70
T36
Kevin Kisner
E
70
T46
Matt Jones
1
71
T46
Kevin Streelman
1
71
T46
Lucas Herbert
1
71
T46
Daniel Berger
1
71
T46
Paul Casey
1
71
T46
Bernd Wiesberger
1
71
T46
Erik van Rooyen
1
71
T46
Gary Woodland
1
71
T46
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
1
71
T46
Patrick Reed
1
71
T46
Cameron Champ
1
71
T46
Robert MacIntyre
1
71
T58
Sebastian Soderberg
2
72
T58
Corey Conners
2
72
T58
Tommy Fleetwood
2
72
T58
Kevin Na
2
72
T58
Joel Dahmen
2
72
T58
Matt Wallace
2
72
T58
Cameron Smith
2
72
T58
Tyrrell Hatton
2
72
T58
C.T. Pan
2
72
T67
Tom Lewis
3
73
T67
Shaun Norris
3
73
T67
Patrick Cantlay
3
73
T67
Rory McIlroy
3
73
T67
Brandt Snedeker
3
73
T67
Victor Perez
3
73
T67
Rafa Cabrera Bello
3
73
T67
Joaquin Niemann
3
73
T67
Ian Poulter
3
73
T67
Adam Hadwin
3
73
77
Tyler Duncan
4
74
78
Jazz Janewattananond
5
75