Deutsche Bank Championship, an opening 62 from Seung-yul Noh. August 31 2012
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An opening round of 62 from Seung-yul Noh has him at the top of the leaderboard at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston. The 21 year-old South Korean fired a 62 for a tournament total of -9 under par, that not only left him in sole possession of the lead but also two shots ahead of his childhood favorite, Tiger Woods. Noh said that there is still a long way to go in this tournament;
"Golf is playing 72 holes, so plenty of holes left. Pretty good spot for those last two birdies, but feels not much different."
Chris Kirk is just one shot behind after shooting a first round 63 and -8 under par in his determined effort to get to the final round of the FedEx Cup.
"I came in at 33rd last year and probably put a little too much pressure on myself, but this year halfway through the season I was about 130th, so I played pretty well the few months before they started just to get in here, so I kind of just see it all as a bonus, however far I manage to make it."
Chris played a miracle shot on the 9th, his last hole of the day;
"I thought I hit a pretty nice second shot in there, but having to hook it around those trees it just landed a little hot and didn’t hit a great chip, but making that putt definitely makes me feel a little better. I’ve putted reasonably well for the last few months. It wasn’t great last week, but these greens are just so perfect here, if you hit it on-line, it’s going to go in. So that kind of gives me a lot of confidence. That was huge for me, kind of scraping it around a little bit, kind of getting away with a few things and making some putts my first eight holes and I really made a good swing with my tee shot on 18 and even better swing on my second shot, and that kind of propelled me to playing a really solid nine."
Tiger was pretty happy with his first round 64 and -7 under par, which seemed to erase the memory of last weeks effort;
"I hit a lot of good shots and on top of that, I putted well at the same time, it was a nice little combination. Had two really sweet little flop shots there today, which was nice, one at 12 and one at 4. The one at 4 was; that was a good one, and overall I was very pleased with the way I played today and controlled it, and then the wind started picking up, and I still hit really good shots."
Another shot back is Rory McIlroy, an opening round of 65 gives him a -6 under par total, Rory commented;" I definitely didn’t drive the ball the way I wanted to. I drove it great last week at Bethpage and didn’t putt so well but this week it seems like I didn’t drive it so good today but putted well. If I just hit a few more fairways tomorrow, then hopefully, that’ll be the key to another good round." Luke Donald and Ian Poulter both had opening rounds of 67 and -4 under par, Luke was satisfied with the way he played apart from the three putts; " My only bogeys today were three-putts. The one on 8, I was thinking that one was in the hole, and it just did a 360 on me. I'm not sure what happened there. Yeah, I'm really pleased actually the way I played. I didn't hit the ball very well yesterday. I worked on the range after the pro-am. Not that I hit it that great in Pro-Ams usually anyway, but I just wasn't very comfortable with it, and I worked on the range, took a couple of videos and changed a couple little things, and it seemed to click. I played nice and tidy golf today, and that was really encouraging."