Sergio Garcia takes lead with blazing start at Byron Nelson

Sergio Garcia managed a second place finish at the Honda Classic earlier this year but his been well out of contention in each of his last three PGA Tour starts and hasn’t won in the United States since 2012 – but he’s looking to pull a Jason Day and run away with the AT&T Byron Nelson in Texas on Thursday. 

The 2004 Byron Nelson champion torched the front nine at the TPC Four Seasons in his rain-delayed first round, carding a 7-under par 63 after starting on the backside and going 1-under through his first 10 holes. Garcia nearly made a hole-in-one at the 201-yard par-3 second hole, sticking his tee shot to just a few feet. 

Later at the par-5 seventh, Garcia holed a 58-foot long eagle putt to drop to 6-under. He followed that up with a birdie on the eighth to tie Keegan Bradley’s front-nine record of 29. Bradley (who owns the course record of 60) was Garcia’s playing partner and finished at even-par after giving back four strokes over his last six holes.