What a day for Chad Ramey.
The one-time PGA Tour winner got off to the perfect start in his first trip to TPC Sawgrass for the Players Championship on Thursday carding eight birdies and no bogeys for an opening round 8-under 65.
He began his day with a circle on No. 1 then added three more to the card before making the turn with a 4-under 32. Ramey made back-to-back birds twice on the back nine, first at Nos. 10 and 11 then at Nos. 16 and 17. His birdie on the island green was nearly a one (23 inches), but a two on the iconic par 3 is always a treat.
“There’s always nerves, but it’s just they don’t mean anything. It kind of means you care,” Ramey said of his nerves after his day was done. “You’ve just got to deal with them. That’s kind of why we play the game. It’s why we’re here is to have those nerves.
“Just kind of push past them, push them aside, and just do what you’ve got to do.”
If he stays in contention over the weekend, it’ll be interesting to see how he handles those nerves down the stretch of the Tour’s flagship event.
The first round was suspended by darkness with 23 players having not finished their first rounds.
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