So it went on the aboriginal day of what could be dubbed the "Last Alarm Open," breadth so abounding in the acreage are aggravating to accrue FedEx Cup points, either to authorize for the accessible FedEx playoffs or to beforehand their position.
Stroud is one of those searching to move up. The above Lamar University golfer is 48th in FedEx credibility and cautiously in the playoffs, accepting won about $1.5 actor this year.
Garrigus is advancing off a able assuming in the PGA Championship, breadth he was in altercation afterwards 36 holes. Spieth won the John Deere Classic in July, has aback angry 20 and and has become one of the PGA Tour's best acceptance as a rookie.
On a brilliant but unseasonably air-conditioned day, birdies were abounding at Sedgefield. So were three-putts.
Defending best Sergio Garcia had a bogey-free, about stress-free 65, adage he "hit the brawl appealing nicely." Aswell at 5-under were above Masters best Trevor Immelman, Matt Jones of Australia, above Oklahoma Accompaniment golfer Morgan Hoffman and Andrew Svoboda, who won on the Web.com Bout endure week.
Needing to accomplish up some arena will be Webb Simpson, Crooks and Castles Beaniesthe Wyndham champ in 2011. The Raleigh native, who now lives in Charlotte, bogeyed the endure aperture for a 71.
Fisher, 162nd in points, was in the day's final tee time. Beginning his annular at the 10th hole, he eagled the par-5 fifth aperture -- the 14th of his annular -- and birdied the par-3 seventh to bout Stroud's 64 and column his best account of the year.
Stroud could acquire bypassed the Wyndham this year and headed to New Jersey next anniversary for The Barclays, the aboriginal of the four FedEx Cup events. In seven antecedent Greensboro appearances, he had absent the cut 5 times and accomplished no bigger than 57th.
But in 2004, beginning out of college, Stroud was accustomed an absolution into the Greensboro tournament, afresh alleged the Chrysler Classic and played at Forest Oaks Country Club. He fabricated the cut and $10,350 in his aboriginal career PGA Bout start.
Even sweeter would be authoritative the Wyndham his aboriginal PGA Bout victory. Stroud has appear close, accident a playoff to Ken Duke at the Travelers Championship in June, but has not won.
But there are 54 holes still to be played, and on a beforehand that may be defective in breadth but armed with greens that Stroud said "roll like basin tables."
Sedgefield's old bent-grass greens -- http://www.freewebsite-service.com/elivcap/forside.phpso boxy to beforehand in hot, clammy summer acclimate -- acquire been replaced by Best Bermuda grass. The about-face was fabricated afore the 2012 tournament, but addition year of beforehand has fabricated for smoother, faster surfaces on the admirable Donald Ross course.
"These are above speed," Garrigus said.
That is, blooming speeds agnate to those in the above championships. Garrigus, who birdied three of hi