NORTON, Mass. – Ryan Palmer needed a mere 21 putts and birdied half of the holes Friday at TPC Boston, giving him an 8-under-par 63 and a two-stroke lead over Keegan Bradley after the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
“It was one of my best ones of the year, for sure,” Palmer said of his round after not missing a putt inside 15 feet.
The tournament is the second of four FedEx Cup events and is to end Monday, a day before U.S. captain Tom Watson will announce the three players he will select to fill out the 12-man Ryder Cup team.
Many expect Bradley to be among Watson’s picks.
“I’m not going to sit up here and say any clichés that I’m not thinking about the Ryder Cup or any of that,” said Bradley, who didn’t have a bogey. “I am very aware every second of the day that I’m being watched by the captain.
“And I’m just trying to embrace that, be aware of it and enjoy it, if I can.”
Webb Simpson, who also needs a captain’s pick to return to Ryder Cup competition, and Australian Jason Day were among those at 66.
Kevin Chappell (68), who owns a home in Kirkland, was tied for 11th in the PGA Tour event. Michael Putnam (71), who is from University Place, was tied for 39th and Ryan Moore (72) of Puyallup was tied for 51st.
• I.K. Kim increased her lead to three strokes in the LPGA Tour Portland Classic, shooting a 5-under 67 to reach 12-under 132 at Columbia Edgewater.
Carlota Ciganda (65), Mi Jung Hur (65) and Laura Diaz (68) were tied for second after two rounds.
Players with scores of 146 and worse missed the cut, a group that included former Washington Huskies players Louise Friberg (69-78—147) and Anya Alvarez (80-75—155). Wendy Ward (74-78—152), who lives outside Edwall, near Spokane, and Jimin Kang (74-withdrew), a graduate of King’s High School in Shoreline, also failed to advance to weekend play.
• Tom Pernice Jr. and Bart Bryant matched the Canyon Meadows record at 8-under 62 to share the first-round lead in the 50-and-older Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta.
Seattle native Fred Couples and Pullman High graduate Kirk Triplett were among those tied for 34th place at 68.