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DeChambeau Leads Masters after first Round - Former Kent State Golfer Corey Conners Tied for Ninth, Current OSU Golfer Neal Shipley is Low Amateur

Alan Kornspan

Believeland Media

Well golf fans, it was not a good day for golf in Northeast Ohio due to the weather. However, this gave us a great opportunity to stay inside and watch the first round of the Masters.

And an exciting first round it was!  

Leading the Masters in the first round currently is Bryson DeChambeau. 

Certainly, it is always fun to watch golf when DeChambeau is in  the lead.

DeChambeau, who is known for hitting the golf ball a long way, did not disappoint golf fans on Thursday afternoon.

In shooting a -7 under 65 first round, DeChambeau started the day with three straight birdies.  He followed those holes with five pars and then bogeyed the ninth hole to shoot a 34 on the front nine.

On the back nine, DeChambeau shot 31 as he birdied holes 12, 13, 15, 16, and 17.

For the round, DeChambeau hit 10/14 fairways (71.4%) off the tee and was 15/18 (83.3%) on greens hit in regulation.

After the round, DeChambeau talked about the excellent golf he played.

“It's always great getting off to a hot start, 3-under through the first three holes kind of gets you settled," said DeChambeau.
"I knew it was going to be a tough day today with the wind and even tomorrow. So a lot of patience is required around this golf course and making sure you're just stroking on your line, putting it good, hitting good iron shots and driving it well. In order to win major championships, you've got to -- especially out here, you've got to do everything well.”

In addition to the exciting day of golf watching DeChambeau, former Kent State golfer Corey Conners, a two-time PGA Tour winner had an excellent round shooting a 2-under. Conners is currently tied for 9th.

Just one shot behind Conners is current Ohio State University golfer, Neal Shipley, who shot a -1 under first round and is currently the low amateur.

After his round, Shipley said that he is just trying to stay focused on each shot.

“Biggest thing I've been stressing is just committing to every shot, and I think we've done a really good job of that so far,” said Shipley.

In addition, Shipley emphasized that he is trying to keep things simple.

“It's been a lot of work for both of us. Feel like we've done a really good job and trying to keep it simple and just play golf.”

The first round resumes early tomorrow morning as a few groups did not finish the first round when play was suspended.



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