CROMWELL, Conn. -- David Mathis made his first hole-in-one on the PGA TOUR Thursday. It also helped him take the first-round lead.
The 38-year-old journeyman shot a 6-under 64 after starting birdie-ace-birdie on the back nine at TPC River Highlands.
“It just really got me jump started for the day,” said Mathis, who aced the par- 11th with a 9-iron that landed right of the hole and spun in. “Good place to start from for sure.”
When it was over, Mathis, who went out in 30, had his lowest round of the year.
It was a far cry from how his year started. Mathis missed his first seven cuts and 10 of his first 11 before turning things around the last two months with four finishes in the top 25 in his last eight starts.
Part of that turnaround, Mathis said, was a change in his golf ball -- he went back to using a Titleist Pro V1x, which he hadn’t used since 2005.
He also changed caddies this year with Matt Achatz, Rocco Mediate’s former caddie, taking over his bag.
”He's real even keel,” Mathis said of Achatz. “So I try to be the same way, try to stay just steady and recognize the old cliche, one shot at a time, stay in the present, try not to think ahead.”
So far, so good.