Two players from the Web.com Tour are off to impressive starts at the U.S. Open. Mathew Goggin shot 2-under 68, while Russell Knox was one shot higher.
Goggin, No. 14 on the Web.com Tour money list, is used to playing well in majors. Goggin, who once ranked in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking, played alongside Tom Watson in the final group at the 2009 Open Championship. Goggin had to finish 12 holes of his first round Friday morning, then start his second round soon after. “If you’re playing well it’s probably a bit of an advantage because you get to keep rolling, get a bit of momentum going,” said Goggin, who has two top-10 finishes, and eight made cuts, in 10 starts this year. He celebrated his 39th birthday on Thursday.
Knox is 44th on the Web.com Tour money list while splitting time between that circuit and the PGA TOUR. He’s finished in the top 25 in half of his eight Web.com Tour starts this year, while making the cut in four of six PGA TOUR events.
“I’m thrilled,” said Knox, who will celebrate his 28th birthday in a week. “I didn’t really know what to expect in my first major, but I knew I was capable of having a nice round. … I’m just thrilled to be here.”
Knox played the final 13 holes of his first round on Friday morning, shooting 1 under on those holes to post his 69.
Knox and Goggin both played the PGA TOUR last year. Knox finished 179th on the FedExCup, while Goggin was 192nd.