Sean Crocker shot a course-record 9-under 63 to steer by one shot after the primary spherical of the Hero Open on the European tour on Thursday.
It was the American’s lowest spherical on the tour, that includes eight birdies and an eagle at Fairmont St. Andrews — simply up the highway from the storied Outdated Course the place the British Open was held two weeks in the past.
Crocker went on a run of birdie-birdie-birdie-eagle-birdie from the third gap and had 4 birdies in 5 holes from No. 11.
“That was enjoyable,” stated the No. 241-ranked Crocker. “I do not get too many days like that on the greens however once I get it going, it appears to finish in a pleasant low spherical. Which is sweet, as a result of I am not as used to it as a few of these guys.”
Crocker had a run of 9 missed cuts at first of the season, describing that as “the hardest factor I’ve gone via.”
“Folks converse in regards to the psychological facet of sport,” he stated, “however that is in all probability the darkest I have been in life on a golf course.
“It is the primary time I’ve had unhealthy issues occur to me on the golf course. And it is only a case of getting to develop up. Simply stated to myself, ‘OK, you have been fortunate to play good golf your complete life and now you are going to get a style of what this sport is admittedly like.'”
5 gamers have been in a tie for second place after rounds of 64s: Romain Langasque of France, English pair Ben Stow and Ashley Chesters, Jens Dantorp of Sweden and Adrian Otaegui of Spain.