DUBLIN, Ohio – Josh Teater just two-putted from 62 feet at the par-5 fifth hole, his 14th of the day, to move to within a shot of the clubhouse lead held by Chris Riley.
Teater, who missed the cut in his first appearance at the Memorial last year, got Thursday going in the right direction when he rolled in a 28-footer for eagle at the 11th hole. Birdie putts of 17, 3 and 21 feet followed before he stumbled briefly with bogeys on the 17th and 18th.
The Morehead State grad shook those off quickly, though, when he drained a 34-footer at the second hole before making the birdie at No. 5. Teater’s been very steady, missing just two fairways and three greens in his first 14 holes at Muirfield Village.
Teater had a solid rookie season that saw him finish 76th in the FedExCup and top the $1 million mark in earnings. His sophomore season has been more of a challenge – Teater is still looking for his first top-10.