Romo close to backside after 79; Three tied for 1st in D.R.

PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic — Joel Dahmen birdied 5 of his final six holes Thursday for a 6-under 66 and a share of the first-round lead within the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Membership Championship.

Dahmen rebounded from a bogey on the par-Four third with 4 straight birdies and closed with one other birdie on the par-Three ninth. Winless on the PGA Tour, the 31-year-old former College of Washington participant was tied with Matt Jones and Paul Dunne.

“Sluggish begin,” Dahmen mentioned. “I bogeyed the par-5 early however knew that the entrance was gettable. The wind was fairly constant all day, which was good. Then simply made a pair good putts.”

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had a 79. Taking part in as an beginner, the CBS analyst bogeyed three of the primary 4 holes and had a triple-bogey on the par-Four eighth. He bogeyed the par-Four 13th, failing to make a birdie within the spherical.

Tony Romo was tied for 128th, forward of solely two gamers, after opening with a 79 within the PGA Tour’s Corales Puntacana Resort & Membership Championship. Photograph by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Pictures

“I feel it is considerably nerves early on,” Romo mentioned. “Missed a number of quick putts that you simply really feel you usually make, after which only a unhealthy swing on eight that value me a triple-bogey. Laborious to make birdies out right here, simply the wind.”

Romo was tied for 128th, forward of solely two gamers. He missed the lower and completed final a 12 months in the past.

“I feel you wish to actually compete with your self, see how good you may get,” Romo mentioned. “I play with lots of these guys, you see how gifted they’re and the way good. The factor that stands out is the consistency, the flexibility to do it again and again. On this recreation, one or two swings prices you a day. At the moment, that was a bit of little bit of my day.”

Sung-jae Im, attempting to maneuver from No. 59 on the planet into the highest 50 to get into the Masters, was one stroke behind the leaders. The winner does not earn an computerized Masters spot as a result of the occasion is being performed reverse the World Golf Championships occasion in Texas.

Dunne birdied three of his final 4, ending on the entrance 9. The Irishman gained the 2017 British Masters.

“I just like the golf course. I really feel snug right here,” Dunne mentioned. “The couple of unfastened tee pictures I usually hit in a spherical I can get away with right here, so play to my power a bit of bit. The breeze blowing for the week is good. We’re used to that.”

Jones additionally had a powerful end, birdieing three of the final 5 on the again 9. The Australian gained the 2014 Shell Houston Open for his lone PGA Tour title and gained the 2015 Australian Open.

“Simply hit lots of high quality iron pictures and obtained it near the pin,” Jones mentioned. “Six beneath was a great rating. It was in all probability the worst rating I might have shot right this moment.”

Aaron Baddeley was at 68 with Roberto Diaz, Sepp Straka, Brady Schnell, Jonathan Byrd, D.J. Trahan and Sam Burns.

Defending champion Brice Garnett shot 71. Davis Love III and son Dru every shot 72.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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