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The 2023 Shriners Open is underway at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas and after a low-scoring day out on the course, play was suspended due to darkness with several players still needing to complete their opening rounds. American, Beau Hossler holds the lead at the top of the leaderboard after a nine-under-par round of 62, while JT Poston and Cameron Champ are on shot back at -8.
The tournament has been the focus of much media attention this week despite the highest-ranked player in the field being the defending champion, Tom Kim at number 16. The weakened field is bolstered, however, by the appearance of the LPGA’s Lexi Thompson who has become just the seventh woman in history to compete on a PGA Tour event.
Thompson, who has 11 wins to her name on the LPGA Tour, has made a solid enough start in Last Vegas and will resume her round on the 17th hole when play restarts later today.
Shriners Open 2023 leaderboard
Highlights from round one
Hossler leads the way
Beau Hossler sits alone at the top of the leaderboard after the first day of the 2023 Shriners Open after a stunning effort of 62. The 28-year-old was electric from the first until the last, but will still be rueing a bogey on the par three-17th which dashed his hopes of carding a sub-60 score for the first time in his career.
Hossler managed to card eight birdies (three on the front nine and five on the back) while he also found an eagle on the par five ninth. Despite shooting 62, his lead only stands at one shot due to the efforts of Poston and Champ who both managed rounds of 63 apiece.
Hossler is the 16th player to record a 62 or better in the first round of a TOUR event this season.
Only one of the previous 15 went on to win: Keegan Bradley, Travelers Championship https://t.co/KUlLTxdLXf
— PGA TOUR Communications (@PGATOURComms) October 12, 2023
The defending champion starts off well
Tom Kim is not only the reigning champion around TPC Summerlin but he was also the outright favourite coming into this week. With two PGA Tour wins to his name already, Kim is a player that many people are tipping to go on to do great things despite only being 21 years of age. The Korean has started off well in Las Vegas and carded a round of 68.
At three-under-par, Kim may be six shots adrift of the leader but with 54 holes to play over the next three days, time is on his side and he is definitely in contention. His opening effort included five birdies and two bogeys, which came on back-to-back holes at the end of his front nine.
Thompson in contention for the weekend
Lexi Thompson may be the first woman to have competed on a PGA Tour event in five years, but she far from looks out of place thus far. Her round has been curtailed on 17, where she has a 20-footer for par, but as things stand she is on a score of +1 on the leaderboard.
The American LPGA player had an up-and-down day, mixing three birdies with two bogeys and an ugly double bogey on the 7th hole. The cut line currently looks like it will be at around the even-par mark so she still has every chance of making it through to the weekend. After one round, she is beating the likes of Stewart Cink and Jimmy Walker.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) October 12, 2023
A steady start for Aberg
Ludvig Aberg well and truly made himself known to American audiences a couple of weeks ago when he played a big role in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory over the USA. The young Swede, who is regarded by many as one of the best prospects in golf, formed a formidable pairing with Viktor Hovland and the two Scandinavians went 2-0 in foursomes.
To date, Aberg has played the majority of his golf on the DP World Tour where has one win to his name. He is still waiting for his first triumph on the PGA Tour and he has started reasonably well in Las Vegas which makes this a possibility this week. An opening round of 69 featured three birdies and one bogey and he will look to push on from here on day two to truly be in contention.
Updated Shriners Open odds
- JT Poston 9/2
- Cameron Champ 11/2
- Luke List 9/1
- David Thompson 10/1
- Nick Taylor 12/1
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