February 15, 2019

GOLF Story
By Gethin Coolbaugh, The Sports Xchange
Publish Date: September 2, 2016 07:16:07 PM


Moore, Hahn share lead at Deutsche Bank Championship

NORTON, Mass. -- The top of the Deutsche Bank Championship leaderboard is about as crowded as an AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium.
Or a World Series game at Fenway Park. Maybe even an NBA or Stanley Cup Finals game at TD Garden.
You get the point.
After round one at the second of four FedExCup Playoffs events based in the Boston area, which is home to 35 championships between the Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics and Bruins, one thing is clear.
It's Ryan Moore, James Hahn and pretty much everyone else.
"It's hard to say why that happens," said Moore, who shares a one-stroke lead with Hahn at 6-under-par 65 Friday at the 7,207-yard TPC Boston.
"I feel like I'm rolling the rock pretty well," Hahn said, adding that he simply wanted to put himself in good position for the weekend.
Unfortunately for Moore and Hahn, they aren't the only ones in good position at a course that is notorious for low scores.
Thirty-five players are within three shots of the lead.
"Usually someone will kind of separate and maybe shoot an 8- or 9-under sometimes around this course," Moore said.
England's Paul Casey, Brian Stuard, Argentina's Fabian Gomez and Venezuela's Jhonattan Vegas are one shot off the mark and tied for third.
World No. 6 Adam Scott, who won the inaugural Deutsche Bank title in 2003, and Steve Stricker, the 2009 tournament champion, headline a 13-way tie for seventh, two strokes behind the leaders.
Moore and Hahn were bogey-free and each carded six birdies.
Hahn sank an eight-foot birdie putt on No. 9, his final hole, to drop to 6-under, and Moore saved par on his last hole at No. 18 to keep pace.
Moore, No. 43 in the world, is a five-time PGA Tour winner. He won last month's John Deere Classic, besting Ben Martin by two strokes.
The 33-year-old native of Tacoma, Wash., is 11th in the FedExCup standings, but projected to rise to second with a victory.
Hahn, the world No. 65, hit every fairway in regulation for the first time in his 328 career rounds.
The 34-year-old, born in Seoul, South Korea, but now an American citizen, has two wins on tour, last prevailing at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.
Hahn entered the weekend 55th in the standings, but is projected to rise to fifth should he win.
Casey and Gomez shared the clubhouse lead after their morning rounds.
Stuard briefly held solo first at 6-under, only to bogey back-to-back holes before a finishing birdie.
"It was nice to kind of right the ship a little bit and finish the day strong," Stuard said.
World No. 2 Dustin Johnson, No. 3 Jordan Spieth, No. 4 Henrik Stenson of Sweden, No. 9 Patrick Reed and Olympic champion and No. 10 Justin Rose of England are all three shots back, headlining a large tie for 20th.
Reed claimed last weekend's Playoffs kickoff event at The Barclays with a one-stroke victory over Sean O'Hair and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo, while Stenson won the Deutsche Bank in 2013 and went on to win the FedExCup that year.
Spieth, the reigning FedExCup champion, has never won at TPC Boston.
Reigning Deutsche Bank champion and world No. 8 Rickie Fowler is one behind that grouping, tied for 38th, after carding four birdies and a pair of bogeys.
Fowler bested Stenson by one stroke to win the Deutsche Bank last year, his first career Playoffs victory.
Top-ranked Jason Day of Australia is five shots behind and tied for 48th with Fiji's Vijay Singh, the only two-time Deutsche Bank winner, and 2014 tournament winner Chris Kirk, among others.
World No. 5 Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland and No. 7 Bubba Watson are tied for 67th, six shots back.
Phil Mickelson found trouble at the 439-yard, par-four No. 6, carding a quadruple bogey. The 2007 Deutsche Bank winner trails by 10 strokes and is tied for 93rd.
Charley Hoffman, the 2010 Deutsche Bank victor, is one behind Mickelson and second-to-last in 96th.
Jon Curran is also tied for 93rd. He hails from nearby Hopkinton, Mass., and was cheered on by a number of family members and friends.
"Sometimes it can be tough to play in front of your hometown," Curran said, "a little bit more pressure especially when I need a decent week to get through next week."
Curran, 60th in the standings, is currently below the projected Playoffs cut line. The top 70 players in the standings after the Deutsche Bank move on to the BMW Championship.
NOTES: Jason Day's wife, Ellie, children Dash and Lucy and a friend were involved in a traffic accident near their motor home Friday. Ellie was hospitalized as a precaution, but has been released. "We want to thank the emergency services and hospital personnel for their assistance," Jason Day said in a statement. ... Australia's Marc Leishman said he has been playing with a back injury. "It's an old injury that pops up every now and again and generally at a really bad time," he said. ... U.S. Ryder Cup team members toured nearby Gillette Stadium on Wednesday. "Didn't really talk much about Ryder Cup, just kind of chatted up, had a good time," Patrick Reed said. Players competed in a closest-to-the-pin challenge on the field, which Phil Mickelson won swinging right-handed. Jordan Spieth took a photo in front of New England Patriots quarterback and fellow Under Armour client Tom Brady's locker. "(I) sent it to him yesterday and he (replied), 'Where's the security?' " Spieth said. Mike Eruzione, captain of the gold medal-winning 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team, also spoke to the group. "I only know it as the Miracle on Ice, the movie, which is one of two movies that I cry every time to," Spieth said


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