Nate Lashley Leads Rocket Mortgage Classic In Detroit

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Detroit Golf Club, Detroit, MI — June 27, 2019

Nate Lashley did not even know he would be playing in the Rocket Mortgage Classic until he entered the field as an alternate on Wednesday. A day later he leads the tournament with a PGA Tour career-best score of 63. Lashley’s round at the Detroit Golf Club featured 9 birdies and no bogies. He closed out with 5 birdies over the last 6 holes.

Photo Courtesy of PGA Tour

Overcoming Adversity

Last year, his rookie season on the PGA Tour, Lashley finished 172nd in the FedEx Cup standings. This year he is playing events on tour via a minor medical exemption, only getting in as an alternative. Making 14 tournaments so far he is ranked 132nd in FedEx Cup points.

That may be a difficult way to regain his tour card. However, Lashley knows hard times. In 2004 he played in an NCAA Regional in Oregon representing the University of Arizona during his Junior year. Excited to cheer Nate on, his girlfriend and his parents flew in from Nebraska to attend. A plane crash on their way home took the life of all three.

1st Round Leaders

Ryan Armour and Nick Watney share 2nd place with scores of 8 under par. Charles Howell III, Talor Gooch, Chez Reavie, Chez Reavie, Chez Reavie, Adam Schenk, and Chase Wright are in a log jam tied for fourth after shooting 65 good for seven under par on the Detroit Golf Club layout.

Detroit Golf Club

Notables

Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler are in a group tied for 33rd at 4 under. The U.S. Open Champion, Gary Woodland, is 10 strokes back tied for 131st at one over par. Dustin Johnson is 1 under and fan-favorite Ernie Els is three over par, all three are in danger of missing the cut. The lowest scoring 70 players, plus ties, will play on the weekend. If that standard were applied today it would have taken a score of 3 under to survive.

Leaderboard

Here is the entire leaderboard, check out where your favorite sits heading into Round 2.

Position	Player	To Par	Score
1	Nate Lashley	-9	63
T2	Ryan Armour	-8	64
T2	Nick Watney	-8	64
T4	Stewart Cink	-7	65
T4	Talor Gooch	-7	65
T4	Chas Howell III	-7	65
T4	Chez Reavie	-7	65
T4	Rory Sabbatini	-7	65
T4	Adam Schenk	-7	65
T4	Chase Wright	-7	65
T11	Bronson Burgoon	-6	66
T11	Cameron Champ	-6	66
T11	Harris English	-6	66
T11	Dylan Frittelli	-6	66
T11	M. Hughes	-6	66
T11	Kevin Kisner	-6	66
T11	Jason Kokrak	-6	66
T11	Danny Lee	-6	66
T11	Martin Piller	-6	66
T11	J.J. Spaun	-6	66
T11	Scott Stallings	-6	66
T11	Kevin Streelman	-6	66
T11	Brian Stuard	-6	66
T24	Jonas Blixt	-5	67
T24	Chad Collins	-5	67
T24	Luke Donald	-5	67
T24	Joey Garber	-5	67
T24	Tom Hoge	-5	67
T24	J.B. Holmes	-5	67
T24	Curtis Luck	-5	67
T24	Carlos Ortiz	-5	67
T24	Wes Roach	-5	67
T33	Byeong Hun An	-4	68
T33	Scott Brown	-4	68
T33	Wyndham Clark	-4	68
T33	Rickie Fowler	-4	68
T33	Brandon Harkins	-4	68
T33	Russell Henley	-4	68
T33	Max Homa	-4	68
T33	Peter Malnati	-4	68
T33	H. Matsuyama	-4	68
T33	Joaquin Niemann	-4	68
T33	Ted Potter Jr	-4	68
T33	Doc Redman	-4	68
T33	Patrick Reed	-4	68
T33	Seth Reeves	-4	68
T33	Brendan Steele	-4	68
T33	Sepp Straka	-4	68
T33	Nick Taylor	-4	68
T33	Josh Teater	-4	68
T33	C. Tringale	-4	68
T33	Kevin Tway	-4	68
T33	Jimmy Walker	-4	68
T33	Bubba Watson	-4	68
T55	A. Albertson	-3	69
T55	D. Bozzelli	-3	69
T55	Bud Cauley	-3	69
T55	Brice Garnett	-3	69
T55	Charley Hoffman	-3	69
T55	Billy Horschel	-3	69
T55	Billy Hurley	-3	69
T55	Sungjae Im	-3	69
T55	Smylie Kaufman	-3	69
T55	Anirban Lahiri	-3	69
T55	Martin Laird	-3	69
T55	Scott Langley	-3	69
T55	Denny McCarthy	-3	69
T55	Alex Prugh	-3	69
T55	Sam Saunders	-3	69
T55	Ben Silverman	-3	69
T55	Kyle Stanley	-3	69
T55	Shawn Stefani	-3	69
T55	Austen Truslow	-3	69
T55	Aaron Wise	-3	69
T75	Sam Burns	-2	70
T75	Roberto Castro	-2	70
T75	Jason Dufner	-2	70
T75	Brian Harman	-2	70
T75	Kramer Hickok	-2	70
T75	Viktor Hovland	-2	70
T75	F. Jacobson	-2	70
T75	Kyle Jones	-2	70
T75	Whee Kim	-2	70
T75	Patton Kizzire	-2	70
T75	Colt Knost	-2	70
T75	Kelly Kraft	-2	70
T75	Hank Lebioda	-2	70
T75	N. Lindheim	-2	70
T75	Ryan Moore	-2	70
T75	Trey Mullinax	-2	70
T75	Rod Pampling	-2	70
T75	J.T. Poston	-2	70
T75	J J Rodriguez	-2	70
T75	Brady Schnell	-2	70
T75	Roger Sloan	-2	70
T75	Cameron Smith	-2	70
T75	Brandt Snedeker	-2	70
T75	Robert Streb	-2	70
T75	Adam Svensson	-2	70
T75	Vaughn Taylor	-2	70
T101	John Chin	-1	71
T101	Austin Cook	-1	71
T101	Roberto Diaz	-1	71
T101	Cody Gribble	-1	71
T101	Matt Harmon	-1	71
T101	Wes Homan	-1	71
T101	Beau Hossler	-1	71
T101	Dustin Johnson	-1	71
T101	Matt Jones	-1	71
T101	Satoshi Kodaira	-1	71
T101	Andrew Landry	-1	71
T101	Luke List	-1	71
T101	Adam Long	-1	71
T101	Chip McDaniel	-1	71
T101	Keith Mitchell	-1	71
T101	Justin Suh	-1	71
T101	Chris Thompson	-1	71
T101	M. Thompson	-1	71
T101	Peter Uihlein	-1	71
T101	H. Varner III	-1	71
T101	Ryan Vermeer	-1	71
T122	Ryan Blaum	E	72
T122	Tyler Duncan	E	72
T122	Jim Herman	E	72
T122	Stephan Jaeger	E	72
T122	Kyoung-Hoon Lee	E	72
T122	Hunter Mahan	E	72
T122	Sam Ryder	E	72
T122	O Schniederjans	E	72
T122	Mike Weir	E	72
T131	Alex Cejka	1	73
T131	Corey Conners	1	73
T131	Cameron Davis	1	73
T131	J.J. Henry	1	73
T131	Sung Kang	1	73
T131	Troy Merritt	1	73
T131	Sebastian Munoz	1	73
T131	Seamus Power	1	73
T131	Chris Stroud	1	73
T131	Martin Trainer	1	73
T131	Gary Woodland	1	73
T142	Will Claxton	2	74
T142	Brian Gay	2	74
T142	Si Woo Kim	2	74
T142	Will MacKenzie	2	74
T142	Zack Sucher	2	74
T142	Richy Werenski	2	74
T148	Ernie Els	3	75
T148	Fabian Gomez	3	75
T148	Chesson Hadley	3	75
T148	Michael Kim	3	75
T148	Matthew Wolff	3	75
T153	Sang-Moon Bae	4	76
T153	Morgan Hoffmann	4	76
155	Zachary Bauchou	6	78
156	Lee Houtteman	8	80

 

 

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