Swafford Opens with Record-Tying 29 on Front; DUBLIN, Ohio -- Hudson Swafford Teed off from No. 1 at Muirfield Village Golf Club at 7:31 A.M. Thursday Listed No. 247 in the World Golf Rankings. [Derived Headline]

By Erickson, Andrew | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, June 2, 2016 | Go to article overview

Swafford Opens with Record-Tying 29 on Front; DUBLIN, Ohio -- Hudson Swafford Teed off from No. 1 at Muirfield Village Golf Club at 7:31 A.M. Thursday Listed No. 247 in the World Golf Rankings. [Derived Headline]


Erickson, Andrew, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


DUBLIN, Ohio -- Hudson Swafford teed off from No. 1 at Muirfield Village Golf Club at 7:31 a.m. Thursday listed No. 247 in the world golf rankings.

About two hours later, he had a firm grip on the lead at the Memorial Tournament.

After a birdie on No. 3 and a par on No. 4, Swafford went under par on each of his next five holes, making birdies on Nos. 5, 6, 8 and 9 and an eagle on 7 to finish the front nine at 7-under-par 29.

The score tied Swafford with three others -- John Huston in 1996, Mark Wilson in 2007 and Aaron Baddeley in 2014 -- for the lowest front-nine score in Memorial history.

Swafford wasn't, however, thinking about breaking 60 or Huston's record-low 18-hole score of 61. Bogeys on 11 and 16 pushed him to a 1-over 37 on the back nine, a Thursday 66 tying him for third, two strokes back of leader Dustin Johnson, entering Friday's second round.

"With this back nine, 59 is pretty tough. You've still got to shoot 30," Swafford said. "I wasn't really thinking 59. I was just trying to get one more, just trying to give myself a chance."

The 28-year-old has been giving himself plenty of chances in recent weeks. Swafford entered the Memorial Tournament with a streak of three straight made cuts -- tied for his longest this season -- thanks to several strong first rounds. In his Players debut, he was 6-under Thursday. …

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