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.