Open: Jeff Overton off to flying start in season opener

Last Updated: 11/10/13 5:59pm

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Jeff Overton: Set the early pace at the Open

Jeff Overton: Set the early pace at the Open

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Jeff Overton holds the early lead at the 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


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.

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