18 Thoughts: FIO 2020 Round 1



1.) Bassy Cappelen has joined Bassy Munoz on #TeamBassy.Β  Backing up his T6 last week at AMEX with a stunning 66 on the South Course to lead.

2.) Yeah, I said LEAD, because the North is playing, as usual, easier than the South so kudos to the low ones on the host course. Keegan Bradley doesn’t care what I think as his 66 on the North paced that half of the field.

3.) Tiger. Tiger. Tiger. 69. Nice.

4.) Starting off the season HAWT for Rory McIlroy is nothing new. His 67 included seven birdies as he sits one back.

5.) Bubba’s back! First time since 2014 for the 2011 champ and he opened with 67 on the South Course. Lovely hole out eagle as well!

6.) Cameron Percy tossed up T11 at Sanderson Farms and T7 at Safeway entered on MC x 3. His 68 on the South Course was noticed.

7.) Gamers will be happy to see Pat Perez back in action with 69 on the North after he was a pre-tournament WD last week.

8.) Collin Morikawa hasn’t MC on TOUR. He opened with 70 in the circus group of Rahm and Woods. What bothers this kid?

9.) Jordan Spieth went out in 33 with four birdies before limping home in 37 for 70 on the South Course. Hot start, cold finish? Color me not surprised. Don’t forget he’s posted 63 on the old North and 65 last year. Big day for him today and his investors.

10.) Of the last 10 winners, only Justin Rose (2019) and Ben Crane (2010) began on the North.

11.) Jason Day missed the Presidents Cup with back issues. He opened three-over thru six on the South before rallying for 73. He’ll need a low one, like the 64 he posted in 2018 en route to victory, on the North today to contend. He posted 73 in Round 1 in both his wins here.

12.) 70.7 North. 73.7 South. So yeah.

13.) There were zero, bogey-free rounds on the South. The North racked up five.

14.) Brandt Snedeker has also won here twice. His 69 on the North was good enough for T21.


16.) Gary Woodland was 1-under with five holes to play. He signed for 75 (+3).


18.) Number of majors for Jack Nicklaus, who turned 80 earlier this week. Happy belated Golden Bear!

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