After Day-One 63, Davis Thompson Leads Rocket Mortgage Classic

Davis Thompson
Davis Thompson prepares to play his shot from the 9th tee during the first round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic on July 1, 2021 at the Detroit Golf Club in Detroit, MI. (Photo by Gregory Shamus via Getty Images)

Making his third PGA Tour start, Davis Thompson shot a tournament-record 63 to secure a two-shot lead after day one of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.

Playing on a sponsor’s exemption, the former world No. 1 amateur signed for a bogey-free scorecard containing nine birdies, highlighted by three in his first four and two straight to close.

“I mean, I thought my attitude was pretty good today,” said Thompson, the 2021 SEC Player of the Year at the University of Georgia.

“I knew I was leading or close to the lead and I just kept my emotion in check and just focused on my routine and just being present and playing each hole individually.”

Thompson added, “I mean, you get off to a good start, you kind of ride the wave coming in. I knew I was hitting it good all week. I was close last week and missed the cut, but I just kind of knew that I was close to playing well.

“Obviously it showed today and hopefully I can do it again the rest of the week.”

Brandon Hagy, Tom Lewis and Joaquin Niemann were tied for second on 7-under par 65, one clear of Seamus Power and J.J. Spaun, who posted matching 66s.

Jason Day headlined a group of 13 players at T7 on 5-under 67, while Bubba Watson was among 16 more deadlocked on 4-under 68, tied for 20th.

Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed and Webb Simpson were T36 on 3 under 69.


2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic


Top-10 Leaders: Round One

Pos-Player-To Par-(Score)
1. Davis Thompson -9 (63)
2. Brandon Hagy -7 (63)
2. Tom Lewis -7 (65)
2. Joaquin Niemann -7 (66)
5. Seamus Power 6 (66)
5. JJ Spaun -6 (66)
7. 13 Players Tied -5 (67)

Notables

Pos-Player-To Par-(Score)
7. Jason Day -5 (67)
20. Bubba Watson -4 (68)
36. Phil Mickelson -3 (69)
36. Patrick Reed -3 (69)
36. Webb Simpson -3 (69)
56. Rickie Fowler -2 (70)
56. Hideki Matsuyama -2 (70)
56. Will Zalatoris -2 (70)
110. Gary Woodland E (72)
110. Bryson DeChambeau E (72)


Material from PGA Tour Media & Communications was used to compile report.


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