Wes Roach opened with a 64 at Congaree and will take a one-shot lead into Friday’s second round of the Palmetto Championship.
The 32-year old Tennessee native, who’s ranked No. 433 in the world, finished his first round in South Carolina with six birdies and one eagle to secure the 18-hole marquee position.
“Yeah, it feels great,” said Roach, when asked how it feels to hold the lead for the first time on the PGA Tour.
“Hard work paying off a little bit. It’s just 18 holes and there’s a long ways to go, but I’m just going to do my best to stay present out there and just continue to hit quality shots.”
One back of the journeyman was world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who shot a bogey-free round of 65.
“Yeah, it was obviously it was a good day,” said Johnson, who posted his lowest opening round since the 2020 Masters.
“Just felt like I played really solid, didn’t really take advantage of the par-5s, even though I was in pretty good position I had really nice looks for birdie.
“But other than that it was just a really solid day and kind of had good control of my golf ball and put it in the right spots.”
The 36-year old South Carolinian shared second-place with Doc Redman, Chesson Hadley, and Erik van Rooyen.
One further back was Jhonattan Vegas, who carded a 5-under 66.
Betting favorite Brooks Koepka shot 1-over 72 to sit T75.
The 2021 Palmetto Championship
Leaderboard: Top 5
Pos-Player-To Par (Score)
1. Wes Roach 64 (-7)
2. Doc Redman 65 (-6)
2. Dustin Johnson 65 (-6)
2. Chesson Hadley 65 (-6)
2. Erik van Rooyen 65 (-6)
Material from the PGA Tour Media was used to compile this report.