Bradshaw matches course record in Thunder Bay
July 12, 2018
By Brendan Stasiewich, PGATOUR.COM
- July 12, 2018
- David Bradshaw carded seven birdies and an eagle over his final 10 holes. (Mackenzie Tour - PGA TOUR Canada)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada — Coming into the first round of the Staal Foundation Open, David Bradshaw was yet to break 70 at a 2018 PGA TOUR sanctioned event. That changed in a big way on Thursday at Whitewater Golf Club, as the Harpers Ferry, WV, native shot 62 to match the course record.
With a number like that, it’s hard to believe that Bradshaw didn’t begin his truly masterful performance until the back nine.
Playing his first eight holes 1 under, Bradshaw made seven birdies and an eagle during his closing 10-hole stretch to sign a lopsided 34-28 card.
“I was cruising along and then made the turn and things started firing,” said Bradshaw, who can’t confirm, but believes the 28 is the first of his career. “I made four birdies in a row and had a pretty ridiculous eagle on hole seven and finished it off with a birdie on nine. I don’t know how, it just happened.”
While Bradshaw is the second player on Tour this season to shoot 28 (Stoney Crouch accomplished the feat during the second round in Lethbridge), nobody has played a nine-hole stretch better relative to par than Bradshaw’s 8 under.
“I kind of knew where I was when I got to the 29 mark after I holed that eagle to go to 7 under,” said Bradshaw. “I thought, ‘alright, I’m under the 30 mark,’ and then when I hit the shot down nine I thought, ‘whatever, keep swinging,’ and I shot 28.”
Not too far behind Bradshaw is Cody Blick, the eighth ranked player on the Order of Merit, who shot a bogey-free 64 on Thursday.
Playing the Staal Foundation Open for the third time, the score is Blick’s lowest at Whitewater Golf Club by four strokes. The 24-year-old’s best finish at the tournament to date was T18 in 2016 when he shot 76-68-68-68.
· Zach Foushee came into the first round of the tournament with major momentum after three solid rounds of golf at the Windsor Championship. The West Linn, OR, native took full advantage, shooting a bogey-free 65 to head into Friday in third place.
· Blake Olson is looking for his second top-10 after a first round 66. His previous top-10 came in Vancouver when he came T10 at the Freedom 55 Financial Open.
· Stoney Crouch finished his day with four consecutive birdies to shoot 66 and heads into Friday T5.
· Tyler Collier became the second player this season to make two-consecutive eagles. After a birdie on his 15th hole, Collier made eagle on his 16th to move to 4 under. The first-year pro then elected to hit 8-iron into the 185-yard eighth hole, his 17th of the day, and watched his shot take one hop and bounce into the cup for his sixth career hole in one. Collier finished the day T5.
· Scott Kelly played his best round relative to par of the season, making six birdies, including three in-a-row to close, and an eagle on the seventh hole to shoot 65.
· Three Canadians conclude the first round inside the top-20 on the leaderboard, including Aaron Cockerill, Riley Wheeldon and Jake Duvall, who each shot 68 and finished the day T16.
· Many golfers part of, or close to, The Five struggled by their standards on Thursday. Zach Wright (73), George Cunningham (71), Sam Fidone (72), Mark Anguiano (70), T.T. Crouch (71) and Chris Williams (71) will all be looking for bounceback rounds on Friday.
“My brother is up here travelling around with me and he showed up on the ninth green [Blick’s 18th of the day] and said ‘I’ll buy you lunch if you make this’, and I said ‘well, what if I miss, it’s 30 feet?’ He said ‘well, you’ll have to buy me lunch.’ So, when that thing was five-feet out it was looking pretty good I just started laughing and looked back at him and he threw his hands in the air.”
– Cody Blick On his final hole birdie
“I’m being more aggressive this year and hitting more drivers. I hit driver on 12 today; I’ve never done that. I also hit it on 11, and I used to hit iron on 14 and today I hit driver. I just feel comfortable, I guess you could say. Some of the shots out here are intimidating, so to hit a few good tee shots and approach shots, I just gave myself a lot of looks today and made a couple.”
– Cody Blick
“I played last year and actually played okay, so it does help to have all the yardage books to know where the pins would be. The greens are a little different this year, it seems like they have a little freezer burn or something, but they did a pretty good job getting it back in good shape.”
– Zach Foushee
“The courses out here are a lot different than the first three in B.C., you can actually hit some drivers on this course. Before, you were hitting 2-irons, and the driver is kind of the best club in my bag right now, so being able to hit that helps me out.”
– Zach Foushee
“I was hitting my wedges well all day, so I hit a close one into six, and then on seven I had 276 yards out and hit 3-wood perfect, right at it, that ended up an inch away from the hole. Then on eight I had 185 and hit it just a little left of the pin and it took a pretty big bounce right and we heard everybody screaming so we knew it was in.”
– Tyler Collier
First-Round Weather: Partly cloudy, High of 25. Wind 10 KM/h.