2022 Fortinet Championship leaderboard: Final year’s champion Max Homa advance lead all every other time in first match of season

2022 Fortinet Championship leaderboard: Final year’s champion Max Homa advance lead all every other time in first match of season

A brand new PGA Tour season — the closing with the autumn swing as we comprehend it — started on Thursday in Napa, California, with a prolonged climate lengthen and a sexy intelligent first-round leaderboard. Your entire subject became as soon as unable to construct Round 1 on memoir of some early fog on the West Flit and a handful of golfers will elevate their first 18 holes on Friday morning.

Let’s eradicate a examine a in actuality feel-staunch memoir at the head of the board after a in part finished Round 1 and a few sizable names who received their new seasons off to a pleasant open.

The leader

1. Justin Lower (-9): Each person presumably remembers his teary press conference after narrowly lacking making the head 125 closing year at the Wyndham Championship. Lower later retained his PGA Tour card by being bumped up ensuing from one of the most crucial gamers sooner than him in the head 125 moved over to LIV Golf, and he took good thing about it on Thursday at the Fortinet Championship.

Lower’s T8 construct closing year at the Barbasol Championship is the supreme of his occupation by OWGR aspects earned, however he’s in a pleasant blueprint to better that and build himself in an even residing to collect better sooner than the curve of making the head 125 when this season concludes. Lower acknowledged after his 63 on Thursday that a year of trip on the Tour makes the total distinction on this planet.

“I left this route closing year extra or less in shock, in reality,” Lower acknowledged. “I became as soon as adore, ‘God, if that is how the Tour is, I have to gather plenty better very rapidly.’ Yeah, I in actuality feel important extra assured than I did at this point closing year lovely being the closing card closing year and then being where I’m this year, I in actuality feel important extra assured with my sport and heaps extra joyful, for particular.”

Other contenders

2. Max Homa (-7)

T3. Ben An, J.J. Spaun, S.H. Kim (-6)

T6. Greyson Sigg, Carve Taylor, Rickie Fowler, Sahith Theegala, Emiliano Grillo, Scott Harrington, Matti Schmid, Sung Kang, Brice Garnett, Robby Shelton (-5)

This dawned on me closing year at this very match, which Homa received, however he has turn out to be himself into definitely one of the most most fixed threats to take on the total PGA Tour. He shot his third consecutive 65 at this match (dating support to closing year when he shot 65-65 on the weekend to take) and picked up lovely where he left off on his most efficient year ever on the PGA Tour closing season. With the Presidents Cup coming subsequent week, Homa’s originate is a pleasant tag for the U.S. group and most most certainly an amazing better tag for him as he tries to take this match for the 2d straight year (Brendan Steele did the an identical in 2016 and 2017).

Rickie’s return

Rickie Fowler has had a rough few years, however he had an out of the ordinary Thursday with a 5-below 67, which is his 2d-most efficient round for the explanation that Wells Fargo Championship in Could well presumably also. Rivalry from him this weekend would possibly presumably well perhaps be very popular and the absolute ideal open for the PGA Tour to a new season.

“Esteem we have talked, lovely attempting to collect support to being extra fixed,” Fowler acknowledged. “I’ve had some staunch weeks previously few years, however it shouldn’t lovely be a few weeks in those years, there have to be extra. That is extra or less the supreme component is gorgeous getting support to taking half in some fixed golf, persistently being in rivalry and having probabilities to take tournaments.”

2022 Fortinet Championship as a lot as this point odds and picks

  • Max Homa: +350
  • Justin Lower: 9-1
  • Sahith Theegala: 12-1
  • J.J. Spaun: 14-1
  • Emiliano Grillo: 14-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 20-1

I mediate Homa has the supreme likelihood to take, however I construct no longer adore his quantity right here. I could presumably well perhaps rather have Theegala at 12-1 and even any person adore Adam Svensson — who became as soon as fifth in strokes gained tee to green on Thursday — at 55-1.