DETROIT – Davis Thompson, during his third PGA Tour career, is the leader of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.
He’s not excited about the fact. Train.
“Sounds good on Sunday,” Thompson said after equaling a Detroit Golf Club record with a 9-under-63 series to take the lead in the first round. “It’s only Thursday. I know I have a long way to go. ‘
Thompson is in the field as a bail release after sending an email to tournament officials asking for a spot. The 22-year-old former University of Georgia star missed the cut at the Travelers Championship last week after drawing tied for 35th place in his pro debut earlier in June.
It’s unlikely anyone would see his breakthrough round come after a combined 6-over in six previous games – four as an amateur – at the PGA Tour. Thompson did show a flash promise when he competed as an amateur at the US Open in 2020, and he started with a 69 before missing the cut at 7 over 147.
Thompson took advantage of favorable conditions at Detroit Golf Club on Thursday morning with rain-softened greens and light breezes, and he missed just one green and needed just 26 holes in his nine-birdie freehand round.
“If the putter gets hot, you can just drive all day,” he said.
“I’ve played in a few pro events right now, so you just have to keep your emotions in check,” Thompson said. “Anything can happen. I know I’m playing well, so I’ll have some confidence soon (hopefully) and hopefully I can play another good round.”
Players with tee times of the afternoon had to wait a long time to start playing and winds that were 5 to 10 km / h stronger than the morning. Twenty-seven players will complete their first round early Saturday morning before playing the second round.
Defending champion Bryson DeChambeau got off to a shaky start a day after he and caddy Tim Tucker decided to take time off. He was replaced this week by Cobra-Puma golf tour manager Ben Schomin, who said he was a caddy competing for the first time.
DeChambeau, number 6 on the world rankings, successfully tries to defend a PGA tournament title for the first time. He had a chance to repeat at the U.S. Open two weeks ago, but he crossed nine holes to lead the major, and he finished 26th.
And now, the big victim may not be throwing the fight, and it will be a blow to him and the Detroit company paying him as part of an endorsement.
DeChambeau took the highway to the right at no. 2 and 3 missed, leading to bogeys. On the ninth hole of the par-3, 184-yard, he was short of tee, on his slide and 10-foot putt to place another bow on his card that put him with the turn to equal-36 dropped.
DeChambeau had nine pars on the back nine, finishing with a 72 that left nine strokes behind Thompson. He did not want to be questioned Thursday night.
Phil Mickelson participated for the first time in the three-year history of the Rocket Mortgage Classic and said it would be his last appearance.
Mickelson said he would not return due to a report by The Detroit News published this week. The paper has obtained federal court records since 2007, setting out how a bookie in Michigan is accused of cheating Mickelson out of $ 500,000.
“It was so much trouble for me to be here and get that kind of unnecessary attack,” he said. “Not as I care, it happened 20 years ago, it’s just the lack of appreciation.”
The 51-year-old Mickelson shot a 69, the sixth time he has been under 11 from the round since becoming the oldest PGA Championship winner in May.