Los Angeles – Roberto Castro fired a
sparkling 10-under-par 62 to seize control of the Sanderson Farms Championship
PGA Tour event on Thursday.
The Texan reeled off a flawless round with
10 birdies and no bogeys to take a two-shot first round lead from Australia’s
Aaron Baddeley and Bryce Molder of the United States, who both carded
eight-under-par 64s on a low-scoring day at the Country of Club of Jackson in
Canada’s Adam Hadwin and Brian Davis of
England were a further shot back on seven under after shooting 65s as the field
revelled in soft conditions to tame the 7 354-yard layout.
Five players – Andres Romero, Graham
DeLaet, Jhonattan Vegas, Andrew Loupe and Michael Kim – were tied for sixth,
four shots off the pace after signing for 66.
“I’ve been playing well for a couple
of weeks … I just didn’t get any good results out of it, so hopefully trying
to turn the corner here,” a satisfied Castro said after his round, a
competitive tournament record for the course.
Castro said the increasingly competitive
state of men’s golf meant that fast starts to tournaments were ever more
“I don’t think you can get off to too
fast a start or start making birdies soon enough most weeks on this tour,”
“I used to think you kind of work your
way into the tournament.”
Leading first round scores at the Sanderson Farms Championship
tournament at Country Club of Jackson on Thursday (par 72, USA unless
62 – Roberto Castro
64 – Aaron Baddeley (AUS), Bryce Molder
65 – Adam Hadwin (CAN), Brian Davis (ENG)
66 – Andres Romero (ARG), Graham DeLaet (CAN), Jhonattan Vegas (VEN), Andrew Loupe, Michael Kim
– Scott Stallings, David Toms, Martin Flores, Dawie van der Walt (RSA),
Jamie Lovemark, Michael Thompson, Jason Bohn, Carl Petterson (SWE),
Robert Garrigus, DJ Trahan, Patton Kizzire