Check out the top five shots of the week from the Sanderson Farms Championship featuring highlights from Woody Austin, Billy Mayfair, William McGirt, Nick O'Hern, and Kyle Reifers.
Nick O’Hern matched the course record at CordeValle on Thursday, shooting a 9-under 62 to take the lead at the Frys.com Open.
Jhonattan Vegas and Nicolas Colsaerts are three shots back and tied for second.
O’Hern made nine birdies and no bogeys in what was his lowest round of the year.
It couldn’t have come at a better time.
O’Hern came into the week 144th on the money list after just one top 10 and 12 missed cuts, including in five of his last seven starts, in 23 starts this season.
Thursday, the Aussie hit 14 of 18 greens in regulation and needed just 23 putts.
Davis Love III, a 20-time PGA TOUR winner, shoots for his first win since 2008 at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Nick O’Hern is not only in good shape at the Reno-Tahoe Open -- he’s in the lead at the moment -- he’s also in position to make it to the first round of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
O’Hern was ranked 103rd in the FedExCup standings entering the week, and a good finish this week will all but lock up a spot for him.
Hunter Haas, currently tied for second place, is also in good standing -- he ranked 90th entering the week. A good finish at Montreux would likewise assure him for a spot in The Barclays in three weeks.
There are several other players near the lead that will need strong finishes this week if they hope to make the Playoffs:
-- Chris Riley, currently tied with Haas at 7 under, entered the week at 142nd in the standings. A second place finish could move Riley to 106th in the standings, and a win could move him as high as 78th.
-- Notah Begay has yet to make a cut in the three events he’s played on TOUR this year but after a second-round 67 he find himself at 6 under, one shot off the lead. A win this week could move him as high as 144th in the standings and within striking distance of the top 125.
-- Veteran Steve Elkington entered the week 215th in the standings and is tied with Begay at 6 under through two rounds. A win could put him on the FedExCup bubble, in the 125th position.
The switch of Montreux Golf and Country Club’s front and back nines was intended to add more drama to the finish on Sunday.
On Thursday, however, early leaders have taken advantage of the new finishing holes. The six players currently on top have played Nos. 16, 17 and 18 at a combined 8 under.
Current clubhouse leader Nick O’Hern birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to shoot a bogey-free 65. Steve Flesch, who shot a 4-under 68, also birdied the two finishing holes.
Vaughn Taylor is always happy to be back in Reno. The two-time Reno-Tahoe Open champion (2004, ‘05) is off to another good start at Montreux Golf and Country Club, sitting at 4 under through 14 holes in a bogey-free round so far.
The pace is being set at 5 under right now, with Nick O’Hern, Chris Riley and Dean Wilson at that mark. Wilson, in particular, could use a good week to solidify his date with the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. He’s 123rd in points.
If you’re wondering about the cutoff man at No. 125, that’s Australian Matt Jones. He’s 1 over through 10 holes in Reno.