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2022 Fortinet Championship leaderboard: Last year’s champion Max Homa near lead again in first event of season

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The new PGA Tour season – the last with the fall swings as we know it – kicked off Thursday in Napa, California with a lengthy weather delay and a rather exciting first round leaderboard. The entire course was unable to complete the first round due to early fog on the west coast and several golfers will finish their first 18 holes on Friday morning.

Let’s take a look at the sweet history at the top of the board after the partially completed Round 1 and a couple of big names that have had a great start to their new seasons.

Leader

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1. Justin Lower (-9): Everyone probably remembers his tearful press conference after narrowly missing out on the top 125 last year at the Wyndham Championship. Lower later kept his PGA Tour card as he was promoted because some of the top 125 players ahead of him moved to LIV Golf, and he took advantage of that on Thursday at the Fortinet Championship.

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Lower’s T8 finish last year at the Barbasol Championship is the best of his career in OWGR points earned, but he is in a great position to improve on that and put himself in a great position to well ahead of the top 125 curve when this is season ends. Lower said after his 63rd birthday on Thursday that a year of experience on the Tour makes a big difference in the world.

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“Honestly, I finished this course last year in shock,” Lower said. “I thought, ‘God, if the Tour is like this, I need to get better really fast.’ Yes, I feel a lot more confident than at this point last year, just being the last card last year, and then being where I am this year, I feel a lot more confident in my game and a lot more comfortable, certainly. “

Other contenders

2. Max Homa (-7)

T3. Ben Ahn, JJ Spawn, S. H. Kim (-6)

T6. Grayson Sigg, Nick Taylor, Ricky Fowler, Sahit Tigala, Emiliano Grillo, Scott Harrington, Matti Schmid, Sung Kang, Bryce Garnett, Robbie Shelton (-5)

It came to me last year at this very tournament that Homa won, but he has become one of the most consistent threats to win on the entire PGA Tour. He hit his third straight 65 at this tournament (since last year when he hit 65-65 on the weekend to win) and continued his best year on the PGA Tour last season. With the Presidents’ Cup next week, Homa’s form is a great sign for Team USA and maybe even the best sign for him as he tries to win this tournament for the second year in a row (Brendan Steele did the same in 2016 and 2017) .

Ricky’s return

Ricky Fowler has had some tough years but has had a terrific 5 to 67 Thursday, his second-best round since the Wells Fargo Championship in May. Rivalry with him this weekend will be incredibly popular and will be the perfect start to the new PGA Tour season.

“Like we said, just trying to get back to more consistency,” Fowler said. “I’ve had a few good weeks over the last few years, but it shouldn’t be just a few weeks in those years, there should be more. It’s kind of the most important thing to just get back to playing golf consistently, being competitive all the time and having a chance of winning tournaments.”

Updated Fortinet 2022 Championship Odds and Picks

  • Max Homa: +350
  • Justin Lower: 9-1
  • Sahit Tigala: 12-1
  • JJ Spawn: 14-1
  • Emiliano Grillo: 14-1
  • Hideki Matsuyama: 20-1

I think Khoma has a better chance of winning but I don’t like his number here. I would have preferred Teegala at 12-1, or even someone like Adam Svensson, who was the fifth-most hit-to-green on Thursday at 55-1.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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