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October 17 2013

8:26 PM

Overton (63) off to another good start

Overton interview after Round 1 of Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Following an opening-round 63, Jeff Overton reflects on his play in the 2013 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with Will Haskett from PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM and PGATOUR.COM.

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

LAS VEGAS -- Jeff Overton has a 63.5 first-round scoring average in the 2013-14 season. He started last week's Frys.com Open with 64 en route to a T-16 finish, then shot 63 on Thursday at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

He couldn't have asked for a much better start, holing a pitching wedge for an eagle on the par-4 first hole at TPC Summerlin. "I had a tough little shot underneath a tree, and kind of hit a low, snap-hook pitching wedge and it rolled about 30 feet and died in the center," Overton said.

He made six consecutive pars before making birdies on Nos. 8 and 9 to shoot 4-under 31. He had another four birdies on the back nine, and saved par on the par-5 16th after hitting his second shot into the water in front of the green.

Overton recently strengthened his left-hand grip because of tendinitis in his left wrist. He seems to be in good form -- he has a 67.4 scoring average in five rounds this season -- after a difficult 2013. He had just two top-25s in 24 starts, and finished 108th in the FedExCup.

He'll be back on the course soon enough. He's scheduled to tee off at 6:55 a.m. Friday in the first group off the 10th tee. That means a 4:30 a.m. wake-up call and warming up in the cold.

"I'm going to try not to freeze," he joked.

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