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Doc Redman right at home at Detroit Golf Club

03 Jul 2020, 16:12 GMT+10

and Kevin Kisner, who were also at seven under.

Argentina's Emiliano Grillo and American Bryson DeChambeau were part of a group of seven golfers who finished on six-under 66.

Five-time USPGA Tour winner Rickie Fowler, of the US, and Canadian Adam Hadwin are among a large group of 14 who are two shots off the pace.

Redman kick-started his round with a birdie putt of less than three feet at the par-three 11th. After draining a 15-footer at 12 he tapped in for birdie at 13, needed just a four-footer for birdie at 15 and rolled in an 11-footer at 16.

After another tap-in at 17, he capped his round with a downhill 15-footer at the last -- where the challenge posed for the early starters was epitomized by Fowler's double-bogey.

Fowler's double-bogey from dense rough at 18 came mid-round after his 10th-tee start. It was the only miscue in a round that included seven birdies, including three in a row on his inward run en route to his 67.

Fowler played alongside defending champion Nate Lashley, who led wire-to-wire on the way to a six-shot win last year.

But Lashley got off to a stuttering start on the way to a one-under 71.

Lashley said his problem wasn't nerves, but rather not having fans in attendance to help get the competitive juices flowing.

"It almost feels like it's not a golf tournament," Lashley said. "So I need to maybe get some nerves for tomorrow and get a little adrenaline going."

DeChambeau hasn't hoisted a PGA trophy since 2018, but with the way he is playing, that streak could end soon.

The pre-tournament favourite, who added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame during the Covid-19 shutdown, finished with a mixed bag of one eagle, eight birdies, four bogeys and five pars.

He started with a birdie on the first hole then birdied No 3 and made his first bogey on the fifth. He closed out the front nine with two birdies followed by two more bogeys before finding his groove on the back nine.

"It's fun, I am using that to my advantage," he said of the added weight. "There are certain holes I can really get after. Even if I miss it a little bit, I still have decent looks to the green. I just got to clean up some of the half shots."

The event is the fourth since the PGA Tour resumed play in the wake of a three-month coronavirus shutdown that began in March.

The first tournament slated to admit fans is The Memorial, 16-19 July in Dublin, Ohio.

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