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Bryson DeChambeau blasts his way into lead in Las Vegas

Bryson DeChambeau shoots 9-under 62 for 1st-round lead at Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
Bryson DeChambeau overpowers Las Vegas' TPC Summerlin on Thursday for a 9-under 62 and the 1st-round lead at the PGA Tour's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

U.S. Open champion continues his long-range assault on the PGA Tour, making 5 2-putt birdies en route to a 9-under 62 to lead the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin

Bryson DeChambeau blasted his way to the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

DeChambeau, in his first start since winning the U.S. Open three weeks ago, shot 9-under 62 on Thursday at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas for a one-stroke lead. He missed a 16-foot eagle putt from the fringe at the par-5 ninth, his last hole after starting on the back side, and matched his lowest career score on the PGA Tour (scores).

“I was not happy it didn’t go in, but I’ll take a 62,” said DeChambeau, the 2018 Shriners champion who had five two-putt birdies: on all three of the par 5s and two of the par 4s. “I’m very pleased with how I played today. Didn’t hit it my best, but I put it in the right spots a lot of the times today.”

DeChambeau smashed driver on the 361-yard seventh hole, his 16th after starting on the back side, to within 15 feet, one of his two-putt birdies, not realizing that the group ahead had yet to finish putting.

“I felt incredibly bad about that,” DeChambeau said. “I had no idea that they were on the green.”

He also drove the 315-yard, par-4 15th hole … with a 3-wood.

“There’s no wind out here, for the most part,” he said, “and I feel like you can bomb it everywhere and hit wedges close.”

Or, as he proved more than once, just bomb it and leave the wedge in the bag.

Patrick Cantlay, the 2017 Shriners champion who added runners-up finishes in the past two editions in the desert, birdied the 18th hole for a 63 and a share of second place with fellow Americans Harold Varner III, Scott Harrington, Nate Lashley and Austin Cook.

Spain’s Sergio Garcia, who won last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship, shot 66. Italy’s Francesco Molinari, who recently moved his family to California, shot 70 in his first competition since the global coronavirus pandemic halted golf on March 12.

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