Davis Thompson is filling the function of the fast-starting novice at this yr’s United States Open at Winged Foot Golf Membership in Westchester County, N.Y. Whereas he’s nonetheless close to the highest, right here’s the lowdown.
What Has He Achieved?
Thompson is a senior on the College of Georgia, the place he was a finalist for the school participant of the yr award. Georgia has produced a variety of PGA gamers, together with Bubba Watson.
Thompson’s novice wins embody the 2020 Jones Cup Invitational, an occasion in Georgia beforehand gained by Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed.
Thompson is at present the fourth-ranked novice golfer on this planet, which certified him for the U.S. Open. He has performed in two PGA Tour occasions this season, ending tied for twenty third on the R.S.M. Basic in Georgia, the place his father is event director, and lacking the lower on the Puerto Rico Open. He has by no means beforehand performed in a significant.
How Did He Do Thursday?
Thompson received off to a quick begin, birdieing six, seven and eight, then including one other at 11 to briefly lead the event.
He got here again right down to earth on the finish of his spherical, bogeying three late holes to complete at minus-1, 4 strokes off the lead.
Maybe he was helped by taking part in with two Georgia alums, Harris English and Brendon Todd. They every did him one higher, capturing minus-2.
Thompson’s caddie is his father, Todd, who additionally performed golf for Georgia.
What Did He Say?
“I mean I’m nervous, but that also just comes with it,” he informed the Georgia student publication Red and Black earlier than the event. “This is my first major ever, you only get one, so I’m going to try to enjoy it as much as I can.”
“I got off to a great start,” he told Golf Week after his spherical. “I hit a lot of fairways coming out of the gate, which kind of gave me a lot of comfort at the start. Then I just missed a few fairways coming in and had to hack it out and try to get up and down. Unfortunately, I didn’t,”
Is It Time to Get Excited?
Possibly not. It’s not unusual for amateurs to fireplace off an excellent first spherical at majors.
At the very least yr’s Open, Viktor Hovland was 4 photographs off the tempo after a spherical and wound up twelfth. That was higher than expectation, really.
In 2018, Luis Gagne and Will Grimmer have been 4 strokes again. They completed forty eighth and 66th. In 2017 it was Scottie Scheffler. He wound up twenty seventh.
Thompson and his fellow Georgia Bulldogs tee off at 12:54 Jap on Friday.