Davis Thompson is filling the function of the fast-starting novice at this yr’s United States Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, N.Y. While he’s nonetheless close to the highest, right here’s the lowdown.
What Has He Accomplished?
Thompson is a senior on the University of Georgia, the place he was a finalist for the faculty participant of the yr award. Georgia has produced various PGA gamers, together with Bubba Watson.
Thompson’s novice wins embrace the 2020 Jones Cup Invitational, an occasion in Georgia beforehand received by Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed.
Thompson is at present the fourth-ranked novice golfer on the planet, which certified him for the U.S. Open. He has performed in two PGA Tour occasions this season, ending tied for 23rd on the R.S.M. Classic in Georgia, the place his father is match director, and lacking the reduce on the Puerto Rico Open. He has by no means beforehand performed in a significant.
How Did He Do Thursday?
Thompson bought off to a quick begin, birdieing six, seven and eight, then including one other at 11 to briefly lead the match.
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.
Perhaps he was helped by enjoying with two Georgia alums, Harris English and Brendon Todd. They every did him one higher, taking pictures 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 instructed the Georgia student publication Red and Black earlier than the match. “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?
Maybe not. It’s not unusual for amateurs to fireside off a superb first spherical at majors.
At least yr’s Open, Viktor Hovland was 4 photographs off the tempo after a spherical and wound up 12th. That was higher than expectation, truly.
In 2018, Luis Gagne and Will Grimmer have been 4 strokes again. They completed 48th and 66th. In 2017 it was Scottie Scheffler. He wound up 27th.
Thompson and his fellow Georgia Bulldogs tee off at 12:54 Eastern on Friday.