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2020 WGC-Rr. Leading Jude Inviting, Aircraft: Brooks Koepka takes over after Round 1 in Memphis



WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational has a big-name leader, a big boys board and a great sense of humor at the time after Bryson DeChambeau tried to get a drop out of a “dangerous” situation (more on that below). Last year’s leader is this year after Brooks Koepka shot 62 on Thursday to lead Rickie Fowler and Brendon Todd from two and Sung Kang from three.This is not a first round result one has necessarily seen coming, but Koepka was by far the most impressive on this small field, with 78 players on Thursday in Round 1.

Let’s jump into his round and who’s following as we go to Round 2 on Friday.

Brooks Koepka (-8) ̵

1; Koepka got into a dizzying MC-T62-MC stretch that featured some of the worst golfs he has played in a pretty awesome 12 month golf stretch (by his standards). So of course he threw a fucking 62 in Round 1 to take a healthy lead over a host of stars. I will say this about Koepka: when he is feeling it and the body is right, no one makes it look simpler. There are others that make it seem easier, but no one makes it seem simpler. Shotdo kicks and every kick he hits yells “yes, that’s what the ball is supposed to do.” He seems to be sniffing at the PGA Championship next week – where he is looking to become the first player to win three in a row in nearly 100 years – because he was taken to Thursday’s number in a consistent way (from the green ). If you look a little closer at his numbers from last week at the 3M Open, he actually hit the ball well, he just didn’t put it at all. That changed Thursday at TPC Southwind, and now he is your leader.

T2. Brendon Todd, Rickie Fowler (-6) and 4. Sung Kang (-5) – Great round by Fowler, who has not had many of them so far in 2020. Swing looked great on Thursday, and he said after his round that he has tried to focus less on his swing tweaks and more just playing golf. It worked in Round 1 after he shot his lowest round on the PGA Tour in 18 months.

T5. Matt Kuchar, Chez Reavie, Maz Homa, Justin Thomas (-4) – JT drowned under the calm type wire on Thursday with Jim “Bones” Mackay over the bag for him during this two-week key stretch. Thomas was my choice to win this week, and he did nothing to convince me. Thomas hits the ball nicely and barely hits at all. This is the formula for a great pop in Round 2 by perhaps the best ball striker in the PGA Tour since the resumption.

T9. Phil Mickelson, Abraham Ancer, Sergio Garcia, Sungjae Im, Viktor Hovland, Bryson DeChambeau (-3) – Bryson got involved in my favorite Round 1 moment when he tried to get a free fall because he saw some fire ants “stealing” near his ball late in his round. He did not win the free fall, but he was still steady on a much smoother course than he saw in Muirfield Village a few weeks ago. His 67 included 10 lost tracks, which means some sort of correction is likely to come there and something even lower could be on deck on Friday.

T26. Dustin Johnson (-1) – Raise your hand if you saw a DJ – three straight rounds from 80-80-78 – beating Jon Rahm by one and Rory McIlroy by four after you made a threesome in his penultimate hole. Now all of you who lie can put your hands down. What’s even crazier is that the DJ hit the lovely ball and set his round along with a smoking driver. Golf is absolutely stupid and never more so than when two stars, fighting for more than a year, fix the number 1 player in the world who is coming out of his biggest job.

T45. Jon Rahm (E) – Rahm attended most of his first round as the highest ranked player in the world. Club falls, footprints, stars of disbelief. It was Rahm’s full experience Thursday at TPC Southwind. He did not play so poorly, but now finds himself nearly double-digit in a four-time bigger winner going on Friday. He will have to hit the ball better (as, much better) from eight to green (49 on Thursday) if he wants to be in the mix on Sunday for his second straight tournament.

T68. Rory McIlroy (+3) – The thing that has deceived him the most since the resumption of the PGA in June, injured him again on Thursday in Round 1. McIlroy finished second to pass on the blows won in the approach shooting and fought hard on a course where he has flourished in the past. If you dig a little deeper, his proximity to the hole was not too bad, but he missed most of his two-hole kicks on his nine front. This works well for Friday. So does the bird making in two of its last three holes.

CBS Sports was with you all the time updating this story with the results, updates and latest points below. See the direct results at the top of this story or a more detailed presidency.




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