|-8 H Hall (Eng); -5 H English (US); -4 A Schenk (US), R Shelton (US), A Putnam (US), T Hoge (US)|
|Selected:-3 S Scheffler; -2 R Fowler; -1 C Tarren (Eng), J Rose (Eng); Level T Fleetwood (Eng); +1 V Hovland (Nor), M Wallace (Eng), L Donald (Eng); +11 Block (US)|
England’s Harry Hall hit a career-best eight-under-par 62 to carry three-shot lead on a day of contrasting fortunes on the Charles Schwab Challenge.
The world quantity 197 carded eight birdies in a bogey-free opening spherical at Colonial Country Club in Texas.
It was not such a great day for membership skilled Michael Block, who lit up final week’s US PGA Championship however props up the leaderboard on 11 over.
“It is what it is. I’m going to live with it,” mentioned 46-year-old Block.
“The experience I had last week was next level. So coming out here and not having my game at all and having a lot of bad luck or whatever you might call it, just call it golf.”
Hall’s gorgeous spherical included 5 birdies on the entrance 9 and three extra down the stretch, in addition to a 30-foot putt to save lots of par on the fifteenth.
The 25-year-old from Cornwall, who turned skilled in 2019 however is on his first 12 months on the PGA Tour, leads from American Harris English, who had six birdies and a bogey in his 65.
“I was really in the moment out there and determined to play some good golf,” mentioned Hall, who’s but to win on the PGA Tour.
American quartet Adam Schenk, Robby Shelton, Andrew Putnam and Tom Hoge are 4 photographs off the lead on 4 below.
World primary Scottie Scheffler is amongst a bunch of 15 gamers one shot additional again on three below.
Block fails to recreate Oak Hill magic
Block in the meantime seems virtually sure to overlook the reduce after failing to match his extraordinary efficiency on the PGA Championship, the place he completed tied for fifteenth and hit a sensational slam-dunk hole-in-one throughout his closing spherical.
The 46-year-old, who’s lead skilled at a public course in California the place he costs $150 for 60-minute classes, obtained a sponsor’s exemption to Colonial after his sensible show at Oak Hill.
He was solely two over on the flip, however had a disastrous again 9 that includes three consecutive bogeys, back-to-back double-bogeys and one other double-bogey on the 18th, leaving him final within the 120-player subject and 19 photographs behind chief Hall.
“I’m looking forward to coming out [Friday] and playing a great round and giving it everything I have,” Block added.
“I’ve shot 58, and I’ve shot a 59 in my life, and since what I had today, I wouldn’t be surprised if I did it. So if I do, cool. If not, I’ll be seeing my kids and my wife tomorrow night in Orange County, California.
“It’s all good somehow.”