Huh leads by two strokes after opening round of Wyndham Championship

Liam Phillips
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John Huh on his way to a career-best round of 61
John Huh on his way to a career-best round of 61

John Huh leads by two strokes after the first round of the Wyndham Championship, shooting a career-low nine-under 61 in his first trip around Sedgefield Country Club on Thursday.

With seven birdies, one eagle and no bogeys in his round, Huh had his game working from all areas. According to Data Golf's strokes gained stats, the American was the second-best in the tee-to-green category (5.29 strokes gained), third in approach shots (3.25) and sixth in putting (3.21).

Speaking to the media after his round, Huh said he did not feel like he was playing his best, but he is glad to be in such a strong position after entering the week on the fringe of the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

"It’s kind of strange," he said, "because I wasn’t really feeling great with my game and I shoot my career low – it’s kind of weird. 

"Sort of mixed feelings, but I’ll take this any day. I was able to take advantage of a good break and good shots, that’s all I can say."

There is a logjam tied for fifth at five under, including America's Aaron Wise, Australia's Cameron Percy and Spain's Rafa Cabrera Bello, with India's Anirban Lahiri and South Africa's Christian Bezuidenhout a further shot back at four under.

Lee Kyoung-hoon and Jason Day highlight the group at three under, Tyrell Hatton and Adam Scott are at two under, while English trio Aaron Rai, David Skinns and Callum Taren finished with even-par 70s.

Pre-tournament favourite Shane Lowry shot a disappointing 71 to come in one over par, along with Rickie Fowler and regular major contender Will Zalatoris.

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