Notah Begay took the momentum of his third PGA Tour title into the first round of the Greater Hartford Open Thursday at Connecticut, birdying the final four holes to join a four-way tie for first.
Begay birdied seven of his last 12 holes to reach 6-under-par 64 and tie Kirk Triplett, Robert Gamez and Dan Forsman atop a field that again is missing most of the game's biggest stars, including Tiger Woods.
Taking advantage of an inexperienced group of players, Begay won last week's St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tennessee, for his third PGA Tour title, all in the last 10 months.
"I was a bit nervous on the tee this morning, just having won. I didn't want to put a lot of pressure on myself. And I came out and hit some pretty bad shots," Begay told the Associated Press.
Triplett, the only other co-leader with a PGA victory since 1993, completed his morning round with a birdie on the par-four ninth. He claimed his only tour win at the Nissan Open in February.
Gamez, who claimed both of his PGA titles in 1990, also played this morning. He started and finished strong, with three birdies over his first six holes and four over the final eight en route to his first sub-70 round since March.
Forsman, winless since 1992, had six birdies to stand atop a leaderboard after one round for the second time this season. He led at the MCI Classic before tying for third – (Several Sources)
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