Since this is the first major in over a year, and the first major in the Hangover 2.0 Era, we’re going full blown mega cast coverage of our Ten to Win. Each day, we’ll do a quick check-in on our picks and if there’s anything particularly interesting or relevant…or more appropriately, interesting and irrelevant…we’ll cover that too. Like, for instance, DeChambeau using his driver to balance as he picked up a tee and snapping the shaft of the driver in half. Hypothetically.
Let’s check in on our picks:
Berger – 3-under: Strong first day from one of our dark horses, only two back of Jason Day, who leads in the clubhouse at 5-under. Great position. Don’t blow it, Daniel.
Casey – 2-under: An even darker horse rewarding our faith in our methodology. When he shoots 78 on Friday and misses the cut, we’ll pretend this gloating never happened.
Conners – 1-under: Solid start for Conners. For someone with not much major experience, he’s in a good spot to steadily go about his business without much attention. Patience is the key at a major. Just keep plugging along, my friend.
Hovland – 2-under: It’s almost like if you do actual research and allow data and facts drive your decision-making, you’ll make better decisions. Don’t worry…we won’t let this early success go to our head.
DJ – 1-under: Started off hot going 3-under through 7 holes but leaked some oil into the finish. That said, no one complains about being under par within 4 shots of the lead after day 1. Can’t win the tournament on Thursday, but you can lose it.
Koepka – 4-under: Weird. Koepka’s in contention at a major. More importantly, he mocked DeChambeau in his post-round interview, stating “There’s no reason to be scientific with all the numbers and stuff like that on Trackman. Just go out and play.” Please let these two be paired on Sunday.
McIlroy – Even: An adventurous day for McIlroy with 4 bogeys and 4 birdies leads to the most boring score of all…even par. That said, to have four bogeys in a round at a major and be even par shows how good Rory can be. We expect a low round tomorrow setting him up nicely for the weekend.
Rahm – Even: Tough front nine, but Rahm battled and got back to even par and set himself up nicely. Often, a major champion has one bad 9-hole segment that they have to fight through to win. If the front 9 today was Rahm’s adversity, watch out for him this weekend.
Schauffele – 4-under: If we had to pick one person today to win, this would be the guy. Schauffele started on the back nine with a quiet 1-under, and then birdied 4 of the next five holes. A lone bogey on the par 3 8th (his 17th) is the only thing that kept him from sharing the lead.
Thomas – 1-over: If you had told us only one of our ten picks would finish the first round over par, Thomas would have been the last person we would have guessed. He’s certainly not out of it, but will need to make a move on Friday, as he would miss the cut currently.