Peter Hanson is pleased to be at the top of the Byron Nelson Championship leader board after the first 18 holes have been played, according to reports.
The Swede was in fine form, carding a score of 65, to establish an outright lead and become the early pace-setter in the tournament. Hanson started the day in blistering form – opening with a birdie on the first and he continued that momentum into the rest of the front-nine. He made further shots at fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth meaning he made the turn at five-under-par. That was where he was to stay for the rest of the day as he cancelled out a bogey on the 14th with a birdie on the last to put himself into 'position A'.
Naturally he was delighted with his round, too, although he appeared keen not to get too carried away with still a lot of golf to be played in the competition.
“It's always nice to get off to a fast start," he said to reporters in Texas, following the close of the opening day’s play.
"I gave myself a few chances on the back (nine), made a bogey on 14 from the middle of the fairway and had a reasonable chance to make a birdie on 16.
"It was nice to get off with a birdie at the last. With the greens and how small they are and the run-off areas, if you start missing greens you get some very, very difficult lies and up and downs. Once you start chipping, you will make bogeys."
Hanson’s start will give him encouragement that this could be the week that he ends his wait for a maiden victory on the PGA tour, despite six victorious previously on the European circuit.
Indeed, the fact he is at the top of the leader board may be somewhat of a surprise as his form has been relatively poor prior to the event.
In the 2014 season, Hanson has entered ten PGA Tour event and only made the cut in half of them. He is also yet to finish in the top ten at any competition. However, he is in a good position to do so this week after his opening round.
His main competition for top spot currently comes from a trio of players on four-under-par. Marc Leishman, David Duval – who originally looked set to have to pull out of the competition through injury – and Tim Wilkinson all shot a 66 on the opening day and will be looking to increase the pressure on the Swede at the top as the tournament progresses.
Also in the reckoning is the in-form German, Martin Kaymer. Kaymer followed up his Players Championship success last week with a fine round of 67 here, to put himself in a good position to continue his momentum.
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