Peter Uihlein put his struggles behind him to card a first round 63 and take a one shot of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. The 29-year-old has stumbled out of the blocks at the start of the new PGA Tour season, missing the cut at the Safeway Open before finishing outside the top 50 at both the CIMB Classic and CJ Cup.
However, he refound his groove in Las Vegas on Thursday, firing five birdies in a six-hole stretch to post an eight-under round.
The American says his recent poor form was down to being lazy and hopes to have kicked that in to touch as he goes in search of his first win on the PGA Tour this week.
“I was really bad the first few tournaments this year, at least starting off. Got really lazy and complacent and wasn’t mentally sharp enough for what I needed to be to be able to compete out here,” Uihlein told the PGA Tour website.
“So this week it was just more or less trying to work on my mindset a little bit, mental game, and see where that approach takes me. “I needed to get back to work and be a lot more focused and disciplined. I didn’t expect to see results like this this quick, but it’s nice.”
One shot behind Uihlein is Set Reeves, who could have been tied for first place had he made an eight-foot putt on his final hole. Also making strong starts to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open were Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau, both card rounds of 66 on their first appearances since the Ryder Cup.
Twenty players are still to complete their first rounds after darkness brought an early end to the day at TPC Summerlin.