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BMW: Players sticking it to Crooked Stick in Rd. 1

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By Zak Kozuchowski

GolfWRX Managing Editor

Lift, clean and place are code words on the PGA Tour for low scores, and Round 1 of the BMW Championship was no exception.

Graeme DeLaet, Rory McIlroy, Webb Simpson and Indiana-born Bo Van Pelt took advantage of Crooked Stick’s soft conditions and preferred lies with rounds of 8-under 64 that lead the way at Crooked Stick GC in Carmel, Ind.

Simpson and Van Pelt shot bogey-free rounds on Thursday, while McIroy, the winner of last week’s Deutsche Bank Championship, erased his one bogey of the day with an eagle on the par-5 15th hole. DeLaet also made an eagle in Round 1 on the par-5 9th hole to erase a bogey on No. 16.

Trailing the leaders is McIlroy’s first-round playing partner, Tiger Woods, who chipped in for a birdie on the final hole to shoot 65. Vijay Singh is tied with Woods after a 65 of his own. Ryan Palmer is two shots back of the lead at 6-under with Ryan Moore and Luke Donald, while Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker, Zach Johnson, Robert Garrigus and Justin Rose are also in good shape at 5-under.

This week’s FedExCup event is especially important for Palmer, Singh, Ogilvie, Crane and Walker, as well as Ian Poulter, Jeff Ogilvie and Graeme McDowell, who were 4-under in Round 1. Despite their strong performances on Thursday, they are all still projected to finish outside the top 30 in the FedExCup points list, meaning they would not advance to the final stage of the Playoffs, the Tour Championship at East Lake GC in Atlanta, Ga., next week.

Tee times for Round 2 have been moved up to 8 a.m. EST on Friday because of the change of severe thunderstorms. The featured group of McIlroy, Woods and Watney goes off at 9:39 a.m., and the last tee time scheduled for 10:01 a.m.

Television coverage airs tomorrow on Golf Channel from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST, and replays from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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WATCH: Tiger Woods on Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf

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Tiger Woods just appeared in a Bridgestone Golf Facebook Live video. While the audio isn’t the greatest (sounds like there’s some mowers rolling by), we’ve got to pass it along.

Check out the video below.

Woods initially discusses his wedges, before moving on to sharing some insights about how he hits his patented stinger–covering the ball, starting it farther right, and keeping his follow through short.

On his ball, the Bridgestone Tour B XS, which he presents as a softer ball well-suited to his swing, Woods says

“I need spin. I don’t spin the ball a lot. My swing has never produced a lot of spin. I’ve always been able to take spin off the golf ball–I grew up in an era where we played balata. What separated a lot of guys was the ability to take spin off the golf ball…to keep it below the tree line. There was a lot more movement in the golf ball.”

“My swing has naturally evolved. I’ve had different swings throughout the years, but each swing didn’t spin the ball a lot. So, when I get up to my long irons with a harder ball that most people would launch…I don’t. It falls out of the sky because it has so little spin.”

Woods mentioned that he hasn’t played Shinnecock since the course’s pre-U.S. Open makeover, but that he expects the course will be particularly difficult: an old-school U.S. Open with minimal graduated rough where it will be difficult to shoot under par.

Responding to comments, Woods sings Hazeltine’s praises and mentions he’d love to be able to wear shorts during PGA Tour events

“We play some of the hottest places on the planets and it would be nice to wear shorts…even with my little chicken legs,” Woods says.

Woods tells amateurs looking for more spin around the greens that they need a soft golf ball, mentioning that solid contact, maintaining loft, and allowing to club to do its job are key. Woods mentions that he has “a couple extra shots around the greens” thanks to the softness of his golf ball.”

We’ll next see the 14-time major champion in action at next week’s Memorial Tournament (which he discusses to wrap up the video).

 

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10 interesting photos from Tuesday at the Fort Worth Invitational

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

While you’ll want to take a trip through the buffet line, we’ve made you a plate of some of the tastiest morsels.

Absolutely savage new putter cover for Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm. Just killer.

Prettier than a new penny.

Spotted: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI

Everything here is excellent. Just excellent.

More like Garsen Murray. Am I right?

If you were Aaron Wise standing over the winning putt at last week’s Byron Nelson, this is what it’d have looked like (of course, you’d have had a ball and the putter would be soled on the green, but you get the point…)

Abraham Ancer’s new Artisan wedges are simply incredible… All of this: Artisan star stellar stuff.

Rickie Fowler has gone grape.

You can’t fool me. You’re not Adam Hadwin, you’re a golf bag.

Is Patrick Cantlay considering a switch to a Cameron Napa?

Check out all our photos from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational below.

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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Last year, Kevin Kisner captured the second PGA Tour victory of his career after shooting a final-round, 4-under 66.

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