A change of equipment manufacturer during confinement and the rust that still surrounds his game (only 66% of greens affected) had no impact on Justin Rose. After a round of the Charles Schwab Challenge, disputed at the Colonial Country Club (Texas), the Englishman struck hard for the return of pro golf to the highest level.
After 91 days of stopping, the PGA Tour was therefore awakened by the 14th world, author of a card of 63 (-7), quickly matched by the American Harold Varner III. No less than 14 birdies for the leading duo, with no bogey, that is to say if the recovery was ideal.
Harold Varner III excelled to attack the Colonial greens on Thursday, with 18 greens touched under regulation
This day was obviously special, both for the recovery without spectators on the course, and for the moment of contemplation observed at 8:46 am sharp. A tribute to George Floyd, who died during a police arrest on May 25 in Minneapolis.
Very concerned by the problems of injustice, social as well as racial (he leads in particular an association for access to golf for all), Varner III obviously said he was touched by the support displayed by his colleagues regarding the refusal of racism. ” But if I’m highlighted today, he also said, it’s because I play golf very well. And I’ll try to stay focused on it. “
The world’s top 3 under par
The three players making up the top 3 in the world ranking are well present in Texas. Rory McIlroy, number one in the world, appears in 39th place (68, -2), alongside Brooks Koepka. Jon Rahm was satisfied with a first round in 69, with a bogey at 18. The Spaniard, second world player, is 58th, tied with his compatriot Sergio Garcia.
In the top 10 of the tournament, we also find Justin Thomas in great shape (3rd, 66), while Bryson DeChambeau and his 15 kilos of muscle gained in less than a year appears in 7th place, in -5, alongside notably Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele.
Perez takes over
Only French driver, Victor Perez struggled a little for his resumption of the game. The Tarbais started with a 71 (+1), which placed him in 94th position with among others Dustin Johnson and Shane Lowry. With three bogeys on the last 5 holes, the 40th world will have to rectify the shooting on Friday, to avoid packing up after only two laps.