March 28 2013
By Alex Turnbull, PGA TOUR staff
Shot an 8-under par 64 in the opening round of the Shell Houston Open marking his lowest opening round on TOUR since shot 63 in the opening round of the 2011 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (win).
Five straight: Points began his day with five straight birdies on his opening five holes. This was the second longest consecutive holes below par streak of his career. He played six consecutive holes below par in the third round of the 2012 BMW Championship on Crooked Stick (career best).
Points made a 54 foot, 9 inch birdie putt on the 17th hole. This was his 10th career putt made of 50 feet or more, his fifth longest of his career and the longest he's made since the final round of the 2011 AT&T National we he converted a 68 foot putt on the ninth hole of Aronimink GC. His 54-9 make was only the sixth putt made of 50 feet or more on the 17th hole at Redstone GC since 2006.
173rd to first in strokes gained-putting: Points entered the week ranked 173rd on TOUR for strokes gained-putting losing nearly one stroke per round (-.927) with his putter. However, he currently leads the field for strokes gained-putting through the morning wave in the opening round out performing the field by +4.7 strokes on the greens.
Made a 61 foot, 7 inch birdie on the 14th hole today marking the longest putt made of his PGA TOUR career. His previous long putt came on the 10th hole from 59-3 in the opening round of the 2011 Honda Classic.
Bogey-Free round: Tringale was bogey-free in his opening round today marking his third bogey-free round in 2013 and the 17th of his PGA TOUR career.
17 of 18 greens: Tringale hit a career t-best 17 of 18 greens in the opening round today. The last and only other time he hit 17 of 18 greens was in the opening round of the 2012 PGA Championship.
Angel Cabrera shot a bogey-free 66 in the opening round today. Ironically, this marked his first bogey-free round on the PGA TOUR since he was bogey-free in the opening round of the 2012 Shell Houston.