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Lashley Takes Early Detroit Lead

Lashley Takes Early Detroit Lead

Nate Lashley produced a stunning opening round at the Rocket Mortgage Classic to open up an early one-shot lead.

World number 353 Lashley, who finished tied-28th on his Major debut at the US Open last time out, made nine birdies in a bogey-free round of 63 to hold a one-stroke advantage after the opening 18 holes.

The American, who turned professional back in 2005, is in contention to win his maiden PGA Tour and he will be hoping to keep the momentum going when play gets started on Friday.

US pair Ryan Armour and Nick Watney share second on -8, one shot off the pace, while recent Travelers Championship winner Chez Reavie heads a group of seven players that are tied in fourth place on -7.

World number two Dustin Johnson has struggled on his last two starts and he again failed to hit the right note on Thursday, with a one-under-par 71 leaving him eight strokes off the lead.

Speaking after his round, the American, as quoted by detroitnews.com, said: “I wasn’t very good. You know, two par-3s I made two double bogeys and just unacceptable. Had myself in poor position and then didn’t make it any better after that.

“But other than that, it was an OK round, just the two par-3s, two doubles. If I par those two holes it’s a decent day. I mean, I felt good with the golf game. I think come out tomorrow morning and shoot a god score, I’ll be back in the tournament.”

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