Séamus Power starts in style in Detroit with flawless 67
Sole Irish golfer in action doesn’t drop a shot as American trio share the first round lead
Bryson DeChambeau opened with a 66 in Detroit. Photograph: Stacy Revere/Getty
England’s Matt Wallace was on song with a six-under 66 to sit one stroke off the pace after the first round of the Detroit Golf Club’s Rocket Mortgage Classic.
The 30-year-old Wallace, ranked 49th in the world, recorded eight birdies to two bogeys to complete a strong round that put him in a group of seven players sharing fourth place.
The leaderboard was topped by an all-American trio of Scott Stallings, Kevin Kisner and Doc Redman, a 22-year-old from North Carolina who went from even par after 10 holes to finish with a 65 thanks to seven birdies in his last eight holes.
Meanwhile Séamus Power, the sole Irish player in action this week, started in fine style in Detroit as he carded an opening round of 67 to sit two strokes off the lead.
Power made five birdies in his blemish-free round - picking up shots on the first, fourth, sixth, seventh and 13th to leave himself firmly in contention in the competition’s early stages.
England’s Tyrrell Hatton and Tom Lewis carded four-under 68s to share 25th spot, three strokes off the lead.
Wallace was incensed when forced to play his second round alone at last week’s Travelers Championship after playing partners Denny McCarthy and Bud Cauley withdrew due to the coronavirus. The Englishman shot a 72 and missed the cut.
On Thursday in Detroit he set out to make amends and began brilliantly with three birdies in his first five holes.
Wallace, who finished equal-third in last year’s PGA Championship at Bethpage Black, sank 10-foot birdie putts on the first and fifth holes, but dropped a shot at the sixth after finding a fairway bunker.
He recovered immediately with a birdie four at the seventh before his highlight of the day — a superb 40-foot putt for a birdie two at the ninth.
Wallace drained another long putt, from 22 feet, to go to five under at the 11th, and after missing from 13 feet to bogey the 12th, regained two shots with birdie fours at the 14th and 17th.
Redman’s day started in unspectacular fashion, with a single birdie alongside eight pars on the front nine, and things became even more mundane when be bogeyed the par four 10th.
But Redman then unleashed one of the strongest finishes seen on the tour in recent history, with three straight birdies including a 15-foot putt on the 12th.
A par on the par-five 14th was quickly rectified with birdies in his last four holes, including a superb finish with a 15-foot putt on 18.
“I’ve come off two good finishes and a really good finish last year at this event, which has never really happened to me,” Redman was quoted on the PGA Tour website as saying.
“So, I’ve never had this kind of expectation externally or even internally.”
World No 10 Bryson DeChambeau was among the group sharing fourth with Wallace, his day capped by a 33-foot putt for an eagle three at the 14th.
Luke Donald was four shots off the lead after a 69, while fellow Englishman Danny Willett and Ben Taylor had rounds of 71 and 72.
Collated first round scores in the USPGA Tour Rocket Mortgage Classic (USA unless stated, par 72):
(a) denotes amateurs
65 Doc Redman, Scott Stallings, Kevin Kisner
66 Chase Seiffert, Peter Malnati, Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Chris Stroud, Matt Wallace (Eng), Bryson DeChambeau, J.J. Spaun
67 Henrik Norlander (Swe), Chris Kirk, Hudson Swafford, Rhein Gibson (Aus), Mark Hubbard, Lucas Glover, Brandon Hagy, Adam Hadwin (Can), Seamus Power (Irl), Richy Werenski, George McNeill, James Hahn, Johnson Wagner, Rickie Fowler
68 Brian Stuard, Adam Schenk, Scott Brown, Seung-Yul Noh (Kor), Sepp Straka (Aut), Webb Simpson, Jamie Lovemark, Bill Haas, Pat Perez, Sam Ryder, Mark Anderson, Tom Lewis (Eng), Maverick McNealy, Ted Potter, Jr., Sam Burns, Brendon Todd, Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Michael Gellerman, Tyler Duncan, Troy Merritt, Cameron Tringale
69 Viktor Hovland (Nor), Austin Cook, Cameron Champ, Tony Finau, Wesley Bryan, Patrick Rodgers, Dominic Bozzelli, Lucas Bjerregaard (Den), Matthew Wolff, Luke List, JT Poston, Shawn Stefani, Christopher Baker, Zack Sucher, Kyoung-hoon Lee (Kor), Kevin Chappell, Kristoffer Ventura (Nor), Keegan Bradley, Michael Thompson, Harry Higgs, Ryan Armour, Luke Donald (Eng)
70 James Nicholas, Harold Varner III, Branden Grace (Rsa), Vijay Singh (Fij), Bo Van Pelt, Joseph Bramlett, Zac Blair, Patrick Reed, Steve Stricker, Jason Day (Aus), Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), Lanto Griffin, Fabian Gomez (Arg), Arjun Atwal (Ind), Ryan Blaum, Sungjae Im (Kor), Russell Knox (Sco), Jonathan Byrd, Josh Teater
71 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), Vincent Whaley, David Hearn (Can), Danny Willett (Eng), Nate Lashley, Si Woo Kim (Kor), Hank Lebioda, Xinjun Zhang (Chn), Ryan Brehm, Chandler Phillips, Christiaan Bezuidenhout (Rsa), Martin Trainer, Will Gordon, Kurt Kitayama, Brian Harman, Chesson Hadley, Bubba Watson, Cameron Percy (Aus), Cameron Davis (Aus), Doug Ghim, Peter Kuest, Aaron Baddeley (Aus), Patton Kizzire, Scott Harrington
72 Kramer Hickok, Roger Sloan (Can), Aaron Wise, Robert Streb, Peter Uihlein, Kevin Tway, Alex Noren (Swe), Beau Hossler, John Senden (Aus), Greg Chalmers (Aus), Matt Every, Michael Gligic (Can), Bo Hoag, Sebastian Cappelen (Den), Kevin Na, Ben Taylor (Eng), Rob Oppenheim
73 Matt Jones (Aus), Robby Shelton, Brian Gay, Tyler McCumber, Nelson Lauta Ledesma (Arg), Tim Wilkinson (Nzl), Bronson Burgoon, Ben Martin, Roberto Castro, Sebastian Munoz (Col), Sahith Theegala, Tom Hoge, Ricky Barnes, Cheng-Tsung Pan (Tai), Michael Kim, Brandt Snedeker, D.J. Trahan
74 Grayson Murray, Andrew Putnam, Kyle Stanley, Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker
75 Erik Van Rooyen (Rsa), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spa)
76 Talor Gooch, Rory Sabbatini (Svk)
77 Wes Roach
78 Donnie Trosper
79 Scottie Scheffler