Ryan got his round started from with a nice birdie on the par five 11th hole from about 5 feet. The putt had a few inches of break so it was a good confidence putt. On his very next hole he hit a nice 7 iron from 157 to 6-8 feet and made the birdie putt to go to (-2) for the round.
Hole 13 was a failed up and down from right of the green. It was an average difficulty shot that didn’t get executed well and would drop Ryan back to (-1) through 4 holes. The par three 15th hole played 132 yards down the hill. We choose smooth nine iron instead of hard wedge. Ryan hit it to 25 past the pin which would be putting down the hill breaking some 12-18 inches left to right. His playing partner before him just made a long range putt, so Ryan went ahead and made his too. It was such a nice putt to make walking to hole 16.
On 16 Ryan had 177 yards to a back center pin. He hit 6 iron to 8-10 feet breaking right to left. He made a confident stroke and ran the putt in to get to (-3) on his round. The 18th hole second shot is all carry over water to an island type green. Ryan had 222 yards of cover over the water and pushed his 2 iron right of the green into the water. We dropped from 163 yards and two putted for bogey 6. 18 is definitely a eagle birdie hole, so bogey definitely stings a bit. But once it’s done it’s done and all you can do is birdie the next.
It just so happen Ryan did. Ryan’s playing parter hit a wedge shot to some 8 feet below the hole. Ryan was next to hit from left of the green and his chip shot was up and down a pretty significant slope from 50 yards. His chip came out with some pace and ran down the ridge hitting his competitors ball. When they both hit it sent Ryan’s ball to about four feet from the cup. It was a fortunate break as Ryan’s ball probably would have been about 15 feet away instead. However it works, he made the putt to bounce right back from that bogey.
Hole eight is a par five that requires a great drive and a great second shot all over water. Ryan did both. From 240 yards down the hill Ryan hit two iron to about 15 feet above the hole. The eagle putt looked pretty straight but we gave it some room and it never broke. It was a tap in birdie to move to (-4) for the round.
Hole nine which was our last hole today is a straightforward hole. Water does hug the whole left side but the fairway is generous. Ryan hit a great drive down the dead center again. He only missed two fairways today and one was in the first cut and the other he made birdie. So I would say it was another flawless round off the tee. Ryan had 143 yards to a back right pin. We choose it at a perfect nine iron. He hit it flush to about 8 feet left of the hole. This putt was a left to righter that had some size able break to it. Ryan studied it and made a confident stroke right in the center to close in (-5) 67.
Ryan overall didn’t hit it great but he did great at just getting it around. He had two chip shots that hit the holes and stayed out somehow. So it definitely could have gone a few shots lower, but was not to be. Scores as predicted are very low. We have to keep the birdie train going tomorrow and see what happens. He currently sits T17 after round one. 36 guys shot (-5) or better and (-10) is leading. My new web.com tour motto is make birdies or get run over by someone who is.