February 15, 2019

GOLF Story
By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: September 2, 2016 01:44:44 PM


Casey, Gomez share early lead in Deutsche Championship

NORTON, Mass. -- England's Paul Casey and Argentina's Fabian Gomez shared the clubhouse lead early Friday afternoon after firing 5-under-par 66s on day one of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston.
Kevin Chappell was a shot back in solo third following his completed round. Olympic champion and world No. 10 Justin Rose of England, Jerry Kelly and Australia's Marc Leishman are all two off the pace in a tie for fourth.
Casey, No. 30 in the world, sank eight birdies -- including seven on 10 holes from Nos. 9-18 -- opposite three bogeys.
The 39-year-old and former world No. 3 ranks 59th in the FedExCup standings after tying for 31st place at The Barclays last weekend.
Casey is seeking his second PGA Tour victory after beating J.B. Holmes in a playoff at the 2009 Shell Houston Open.
Casey tied for fourth place at this year's Masters and shared 10th at the PGA Championship in July.
Gomez, the world No. 83, was bogey-free with five birdies before dropping a shot on No. 8, his 17th hole. However, he birdied No. 9 to reclaim a share of the lead.
The 37-year-old is gunning for his second win of the season and third on Tour after a playoff victory over Brandt Snedeker at the 2016 Sony Open in Hawaii in January.
Gomez is 48th in the standings after a tie for 60th at The Barclays.
Top-ranked Jason Day of Australia eagled the 534-yard, par-5 No. 2, his 11th hole, and was 1 under on his round through 16 holes.
Day is second in the standings, 380 points behind leader and world No. 9 Patrick Reed. Reed, who won The Barclays, was 3 under through 16 holes.
U.S. Open champion and world No. 2 Dustin Johnson and The Open Championship winner and world No. 4 Henrik Stenson of Sweden were 2 under through 16.
World No. 5 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland was 1 over after two holes.
Reigning Deutsche Bank champion and world No. 8 Rickie Fowler teed off at 1:16 p.m. ET and was 1 under through one hole. World No. 3 Jordan Spieth didn't begin until 1:40 p.m


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