The scenario is simple for Sergio Garcia: Win this week and he’ll climb into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and qualify for the British Open. Thursday, he took a pretty good step toward that with an opening-round 66 at TPC Four Seasons.
Joining Garcia in the clubhouse at 66 are Dustin Johnson and Jeff Quinney.
The most impressive of those 66s had to be Johnson’s. He had a double bogey on his second hole of the day, No. 11, where he hit his tee shot into the water, but he then reeled off six birdies and no bogeys the rest of the round.
Quinney, meanwhile, is making just his fourth start of the season on the PGA TOUR -- he finished 146th on last year’s money list and has conditional status. In those three previous starts, his best finish was a tie for 13th in Mexico.