American posts 5 consecutive birdies mid-round en route to an 8-under 63 and the 1st-round lead at Port Royal Golf Course
5: Number of consecutive birdies that American Peter Malnati made mid-round Thursday en route to the first-round lead at the PGA Tour’s Bermuda Championship in Southampton, Bermuda. Malnati birdied Nos. 9-13 at Port Royal Golf Course en route to an 8-under 63 and a one-stroke lead. Malnati, 33, a Tennessean who played college golf at Missouri, is pursuing his second victory on the PGA Tour and his first since the 2015 Sanderson Farms Championship. “How can I complain about much,” he said, noting a bogey after a poor drive into a penalty area at the par-5 No. 17 before he regained a stroke with a birdie on the par-4 18th. “We’re on the island of Bermuda, and I sure played great.” Malnati entered this week after two consecutive top-five results: runner-up at the Sanderson Farms Championship four weeks ago followed by a T-5 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open one week later. He has shot 63 or better in three of his past six rounds on Tour. Americans Doug Ghim and Ryan Armour shared second place at 64. Defending champion Brendon Todd, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 41 in the world, shot 71 after making four bogeys and four birdies (scores).
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