Frys.com Open: Jeff Overton off to flying start in season opener
Last Updated: 11/10/13 5:59pm
Jeff Overton: Set the early pace at the Frys.com Open
Jeff Overton holds the early lead at the Frys.com Open after his seven-under-par 64 in the opening round of the new 2013/14 PGA Tour season.
First round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-7 J Overton
-6 B Harman
-5 K Stanley
-4 B Koepka
-4 JJ Henry
-4 J Kokrak
-4 M Putnam
-4 C Wi (kor)
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There was little indication of what was to come from Overton as he parred the first seven holes, but a birdie at eight and an eagle at the par-five ninth kick-started his round.
Further birdies at 12, 13, 17 and 18 put Overton a shot clear of Brian Harman and two ahead of third-placed Kyle Stanley.
"It was just one of those days that it went my way at the end," Overton told pgatour.com.
The 26-year-old Harman actually picked up eight birdies, but a couple of bogeys saw him sign for a 65.
And he hoped the new season - which commenced just four days after the previous one ended - would bring about a turn of fortunes.
"Last year was a grind," he said. "I really didn't play very well at all in stretches. I played well a couple of times, played well enough to keep my card, thank goodness.
"It was just really tough with the year being so short. I feel a bit more freed up this year."
Jason Kokrak headed a group of six men on four under, alongside among others South Korea's Charlie Wi, the only non-American in the top nine.
Defending champion Jonas Blixt of Sweden was two under, in a big group which also included Vijay Singh and Davis Love III, with England's Brian Davis a shot behind them on one under.