Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jimmy Gunn six under par ... then bogeys last four  holes for a 70 on Tour


Dornoch exile Jimmy Gunn bogeyed the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes after standing a six under par after six birdies over the first 14 holes of the Tour event, the United Leasing and Finance Championship in temperatures of 81 degrees Fahrenheit at Newburgh, Indiana today (Thursday).
Gunn birdied the second, long third and par-4 fourth on his way to a three-under outward half of 33.
He continued in good form with birdies at the long 10th, 12th and 14th to lead the field out on the course at six under. Then it all went pear shaped for the Scot who is now based at Scottsdale, Arizona.
Home in 37, Gunn's two-under-par 70 left him two shots behind the early joint leaders Abraham Ancer (Mexico) and Kyle Thompson (USA).
Gunn ended the day tied sixth. Had he parred the last four holes he would have had a two-stroke lead with a 66.



NEWBURGH, Indiana –  Kyle Thompson, Abraham Ancer, and Ryan Yip proved Victoria National Golf Club gettable with 4-under 68s to take a share of the first-round lead at the United Leasing Championship. Thompson and Ancer posted the only bogey-free rounds of the day to take the lead after the morning wave, while Yip joined the party with a chip-in birdie on No. 17 on his way to a back nine 3-under 33.
In search of his second win of the season, Thompson hit every fairway Thursday and took advantage of the short grass, rolling in birdies at Nos. 10, 11, 17, and 3 after starting on the back nine.
“I hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens. I’m really happy shooting 4-under,” Thompson said. “In the pro-am yesterday, [the guys I played with] showed me all the places not to hit it and that’s the way I played today. I kept it down the middle.”
Thompson’s win at the season-opening The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay came following the highest cut line in Tour history. With $110,503 in earnings this season, the five-time career Tour winner would lock up his US TOUR card with a win this weekend
“I really like playing hard golf courses, and this is probably one of the hardest ones we’ll play all year,” Thompson said. “Looking forward to the weekend. Hopefully the weather will hold out.”
Ancer, who is making his 43rd career Tour start this week, holds a share of the first-round lead/co-lead for the first time in his career. After missing seven greens during his round, the key for Ancer was a deft short game that helped him to a perfect 7/7 effort in scrambling and helped him avoid any blemishes on the card.
“I didn’t hit it that great, but I scrambled really well. I got it up and down from everywhere,” Ancer said. “That was really nice to keep the round going. Putted it really nice, chipped it really good, and that’s what keeps a round alive around here. Hopefully I can keep that going tomorrow.”
Ancer’s 68 is his ninth straight round of par or better on the Tour this season. With two top 5s this season, the 26-year-old enters the weekend at No. 12 on the money list with $58,722 in earnings and is looking for is second career win.
Ancer won the 2015 Nova Scotia Open on his way to earning his PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 Season, where he made six cuts in 19 starts.
Yip seized a share of the 18-hole lead for the first time in his career despite a shaky start. The 32-year-old Canadian made bogey at the first and eighth but rolled in birdies at Nos. 3, 4, 9, 10, and 12 to get within one of the lead, and then chipped in at the 17th, the most difficult hole of the day, to get to 4-under.
“I hit a lot of good shots today and obviously got lucky a couple times out there. You need it out there on this golf course,” Yip said. “The best thing about my game today was I kept it in play for the most part and made a couple putts.”
Nate Lashley and Zach Wright sit one shot back in a tie for fourth. 24 players broke par in the first round. Two groups remain on the golf course and will return at 7:30 a.m. CDT. Second-round tee times will begin as previously scheduled at 6:30 a.m.

Thursday Notes:
* Thursday weather: Mostly Cloudy, High: 82 degrees, Low: 67 degrees, Wind: SSW at 5-10 mph.
* This week’s purse is $600,000, with $108,000 for the winne
Challenge, where he won in a four-way playoff with a chip-in birdie.



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