Friday, Sep 2, 2022. 6:47 PM
BOSTON – Newly landed on the LIV circuit, the second player in the world Cameron Smith made a good first impression on his new playing partners with a card of 64 to place himself in 3e position after the first round of the Boston tournament. He shares this position with Joaquin Niemann, another new LIV golf player.
It is the Americans Matthew Wolff and Talor Gooch who share the command of the event with a stroke in advance by virtue of their excellent cards of 63 in the first round.
Smith wasted no time before making it clear that he intended to lay down his law on the circuit. Australian, who complained of injustice for LIV golf players Wednesday, dazzled with three birdies and an eagle on his first eight holes. Smith completed his round with a very long putt for the eagle at 18e hole to go six shots under par.
“It was good today, there were some familiar faces. I started my day well, but I will have to work on my tee shots tomorrow,” Smith explained after his day.
For his part, Wolff took advantage of LIV's first tournament in just over a month to complete the first hole-in-one in the history of the circuit. On par-3 of 2e hole, Wolff sent his tee shot deep into the cup in front of a cheering crowd.
Wolff ended his shift with six birdies and two eagles, but he committed three bogeys.
Gooch started the tournament with five birdies in his first seven holes to quickly climb to the top of the standings. He added three more birdies during his round and only committed one bogey.
Gooch has finished in the top-10 in each of the first three tournaments hosted by LIV golf.
In addition to Smith, it was first day for Niemann, who had a good day's work with a score of 64 thanks to seven birdies. Niemann opened the machine with four consecutive birdies between the 5e and the 8e trou.
Among the other newcomers to LIV golf, Anirban Lahiri handed over a card of 66 and he shares the 5e place with four other golfers. Harold Varner III has for his part cut three shots from par and he occupies the 10the rang.