Despite a couple of afternoon charges, most notably from David Toms, John Rollins’ 7-under 63 stood up on the Seaside Course at Sea Island Golf Club, where Rollins owns a one-shot lead after the first round.
Rollins was flawless on a day of flawless weather, making seven birdies and no bogeys after hitting a dozen fairways and 16 greens in regulation. Rollins also holed a shot from the bunker on No. 5 and at one point he made four straight birdies.
“The season I would say has been very inconsistent for me,” Rollins said. “Not really up to the standards that I set for myself.”
So Rollins had a long talk with his wife, Heather, during his last few weeks off after being eliminated from the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup following a final-round 79 at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Basically, the message was that if Rollins wanted to right his season -- he has just two top-10s -- he needed to put in the work. Watching the Ryder Cup, and not being a part of it, also spurred him on. The goal now is to not only win, but play his way onto the Presidents Cup team next year.
Thursday he took his first step toward doing that. -- Brian Wacker