Friday, July 16, 2010

Matt Bettencourt (66) leads Reno-Taho Open

Matt Bettencourt made a return to form at the Reno-Tahoe Open, firing a first-round 66 to claim a one-shot lead. The American, who has missed eight cuts in his last 10 events, had six birdies in his opening 13 holes at the Montreux Golf and Country Club.
His first bogey of the day came at the 16th but he bounced back immediately to eagle the par-five 17th.
And, although he finished with a bogey, Bettencourt's six-under effort was enough to put him at the head of the leaderboard.
Former Masters and Open runner up Chris DiMarco is one back after a 67 that included six birdies and just one dropped shot.
"Obviously I still feel like I can win out here," said DiMarco, who has not had a top 10 on the PGA Tour since 2008.
"My confidence is slowly but surely coming back.
"I'm starting to get comfortable on the golf course again. That, I think, is the biggest key, to be relaxed out there. And that's where I am. It's been nice. It really has.
"I just see good things. I've been seeing good strides here for the last month, and I have a lot of confidence, which is good. That's a hard thing to get. It's easy to take away but it's a hard thing to regain. It's coming back."
Two more Americans, Craig Bowden and Will MacKenzie, are tied for third on five under after respective 68s, while a group of 20 - including Sweden's Mathias Gronberg - are together at four under.
Par 72
66 Matt Bettencourt
67 Chris DiMarco
68 Will MacKenzie, Craig Bowden
69 Bill Lunde, Robert Garrigus, Woody Austin, Todd Fischer, Mark Hensby (Aus), Mathias Gronberg (Swe), John Mallinger, Chad Campbell, Craig Barlow, Bob Heintz, Jim, jr. Gallagher, John Merrick, Jim Carter, Steve Allan (Aus), Steve Elkington (Aus), Kevin Streelman, J J Henry, Jarrod Lyle (Aus)
70 David Lutterus (Rsa), Charles Warren, Aron Price (Aus), Scott McCarron, Omar Uresti, Matt Hill, Cliff Kresge, Graham Delaet (Can), Kevin Stadler
71 Kris Blanks, Jonathan Kaye, Garth Mulroy (Rsa), Paul Stankowski, Roger Tambellini, Alex Cejka (Ger), John Rollins, Rich Barcelo
72 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind), Rodney Pampling (Aus), Jeff Quinney, Greg Kraft, James Nitties (Aus), Seung-su Han (Kor), Guy Boros, Dicky Pride, Henrik Bjornstad (Nor), Nicholas Thompson
73 Marco Dawson, Ben Fox, Jeff Gove, Tim Wilkinson (Nzl), Michael Clark II, Nathan Green (Aus), Steve Pate, Mike Small, Robin Freeman, Stuart Appleby (Aus), Kent Jones, Shiv Kapur (Ind), Joe Ogilvie, Eric Axley, Ted Purdy, Robert Damron, Tom Gillis
74 Vaughn Taylor, Martin Flores, Mark Brooks, Steve Flesch, Steve Wheatcroft, Mark Wilson, Dean Wilson, Cameron Beckman, Josh Teater, Cameron Tringale, Spike McRoy
75 Tom Scherrer, Tom Byrum, John Chin, Vance Veazey, Brenden Pappas (Rsa), Chris Tidland, Matthew Every, Carlos Franco (Par), Johnson Wagner, Skip Kendall
76 Kenny Kim (Swe), Robert Gamez, Willie Wood, Brian Stuard, David Ogrin, Kirk Triplett, Scott Piercy, Blaine McCallister, Grant Waite (Nzl), Jim McGovern, Keih Clearwater, Ernie Gonzalez
77 Brent Delahoussaye, Mitch Lowe, Billy Mayfair, Steve Lowery, Nolan Henke, Alex Prugh, Bob Burns
78 Spencer Levin, Daniel Chopra (Swe), Justin Bolli, Len Mattiace, Kevin Johnson
79 Daniel Miernicki, Ryan Palmer, Mike Heinen
80 Chris Wilson, Erik Compton, Notah Begay III, Carlos Concha, John Morse, Andrew McLardy (Rsa), Matt Weibring
81 Parker McLachlin
82 Chris Smith
83 Ron Strec
WD: Brian Bateman, 83 Jerod Turner

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