Miguel Angel Jimenez opened with an 8-under 64 and will take a one-shot lead into Saturday’s second round of the Chubb Classic.
Jimenez finished his first day at TwinEagles with an eagle and seven birdies against just one bogey.
“This is a very nice golf course, as long as you hit it good, you will make birdies, but if you don’t hit it good, you will not,” said Jimenez, who also held a share the Chubb Classic lead after round one in 2017.
“It’s a nice golf course, where you play all the course from the back, and I feel good here.”
Gary Hallberg and David Frost sit T2 at 7 under.
Making his season debut on a sponsor’s exemption, Hallberg offset bogeys on Nos. 1 and 10 with nine birdies, including a hat trick on the final three holes.
“I felt good. Yeah, it was a super day, guys. Nine birdies and two bogeys on a pretty good day, tough day,” said Hallberg, whose claim to fame is being paired with a 16-year old Tiger Woods in his PGA Tour debut at Rivieria in 1992.
Frost reached 65 by the way of two bogeys, six birdies and one eagle – aided by a new putter from Kenny Knox.
“I called Kenny [Knox] on Monday night, and I said, “Kenny, I need one of those putters, man.” So he overnighted one to me, and I got it on Thursday morning. I paid for it, and I putted with it today, putted beautifully,” said an excited Frost.
“Thanks to Kenny I rolled the ball beautifully.”
One further back at 6 under is group of five players, including Glen Day, Lee Janzen, Scott McCarron, Jesper Parnevik, and Kevin Sutherland.
TOP 10: ROUND ONE
1 Miguel Angel Jimenez -8
2 Gary Hallberg -7
2 David Frost -7
4 Glen Day -6
4 Lee Janzen -6
4 Scott McCarron -6
4 Jesper Parnevik -6
4 Kevin Sutherland -6
9 Tom Pernice Jr -5
9 Paul Broadhurst -5
9 Joe Durant -5
“We don’t have cuts to make, we can freewheel it from the first hole, and that does make a difference, you know. Coming out here and freewheeling it, because you have nothing to lose.”
– David Frost
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