By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM
SAN MARTIN, Calif. -- Jeff Overton has been working on a grip change for the past three months. The change paid off Thursday with a 7-under 64 at CordeValle Golf Club that gave him a two-shot lead after the morning wave of the Frys.com Open's first round.
"My wrist has been bothering me," Overton said. "I've had a little tendonitis in it for a few years and (the new grip) allows my wrist to get a little more square at the top of my backswing without having to tweak it a little bit.
He made par on his first seven holes Thursday before finishing his front nine with a birdie and an eagle. He shot a bogey-free 32 on the back nine with birdies on Nos. 12, 13, 17 and 18. He played his last 11 holes in 7 under par.
He hit his 250-yard second shot on the par-5 ninth hole to 21 feet, then made the putt for eagle. He'd made a 25-foot birdie putt on the previous hole. He hit his third shot at the par-5 12th to 4 inches for another birdie, then chipped in at the next hole. He made a 30-footer for birdie at 17, then closed with another birdie after hitting his approach within 2 feet.
Overton finished eighth in last year's Frys.com Open after posting four rounds in the 60s. He had just two top-25 finishes last season. The first was an eighth-place finish at the season-opening Sony Open in Hawaii. He had just one more top-25 (T-7, Valero Texas Open) in his next 23 events. He finished 108th in the FedExCup, failing to advance past the first event of the FedExCup Playoffs, The Barclays.
"I couldn't ever get it all going at the same time," Overton said. He did Thursday.