Golf

Three-way lead at Corales Puntacana Resort Championship

Miami – Australian
Matt Jones
set an early goal with a six-under par 66 and ended
on Thursday in a three-way tie for the lead within the PGA Tour’s Corales
Puntacana Resort Championship
.

Jones hit 13 of 14 fairways and 15 greens in regulation as he fired seven birdies with one bogey in his opening effort.

He walked off the course with a three-stroke lead, however was joined on
six-under at day’s finish by American Joel Dahmen and Eire’s Paul Dunne.

“I hit a number of high quality iron pictures and acquired it near the pin,” mentioned
Jones, who’s coming off a tie for 13th on the Valspar Championship.

He mentioned he benefitted some from an early begin, with the wind choosing up within the afternoon.

“Six-under was a superb rating – that was in all probability the worst rating I might have shot at present,” Jones mentioned.

Dahmen teed off on 10 and was one-under by way of 12 holes, however he roared house with birdies at 5 of his final six holes.

Dunne additionally opened on 10 and was one-under on the flip earlier than making 5 birdies coming house.

The highest trio was one stroke away from South Korean Im Sung-jae within the
event performed reverse the elite WGC-Match Play in Austin, Texas.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, making his third PGA
Tour begin in the identical occasion the place he made his first final 12 months, carded a
seven-over 79.

Romo, who competed on a sponsor exemption, bogeyed three of his first
4 holes adopted by a triple-bogey on the eighth. He was one-over on
the again 9 with a bogey at 13 and was unable to transform No eight to
end the entrance 9 6-over.

The 38-year-old was 1-over on the again 9 with a bogey on No. 13.

Romo was unable to transform a birdie probability on the final.

“I feel I performed significantly better this 12 months up to now coming into the
event than I did final 12 months and I additionally suppose I’ve improved rather a lot in
sure areas,” mentioned Romo, who was within the highlight but additionally in
third-from-last place.

“However generally the rating would not present that so
there’s disappointment with that I really feel like.

“I feel I’ll play just a little higher tomorrow. There (are) some good indicators of life.”

Main first-round outcomes on Thursday within the PGA Tour Corales
Puntacana Resort Championship in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (USA
until famous, par-72)

66 – Matt Jones (AUS), Joel Dahmen, Paul Dunne (IRL)

67 – Im Sung-jae (KOR)

68 – Roberto Diaz (MEX), Sepp Straka (AUT), Brady Schnell, Jonathan Byrd, Aaron Baddeley (AUS), Sam Burns

69 – D.J. Trahan, Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), David Lingmerth (SWE), Denny
McCarthy, Seth Reeves, Parker McLachlin, Grayson Murray, Mackenzie
Hughes (CAN) Jim Herman, Rory Sabbatini (SVK), Alex Prugh, Stephan
Jaeger (GER)

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