IRVING, Texas -- After an impressive showing at the Ryder Cup last year, Jeff Overton’s 2011 season has not been as smooth.
He has made 12 of 13 cuts but he has only one top-10, finishing tied for sixth at the Honda Classic. Last year he had six top-10 finishes, including a tie for second at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
It must be something about the TPC Four Seasons Resort that Overton likes, because after the first round he finds himself in the lead after firing a 6-under 64.
“I hope this is the beginning of a good streak for me,” Overton said. “I’ve been hitting it well the last three or four weeks, just haven’t made my puts all year. It’s a game of putting. If you can make your putts inside 10 feet and hit it reasonably well you’re going to have a good chance of winning the golf tournament at the end of the week.”
Overton has a one shot lead over Ryan Palmer entering Friday's second round.
Overton got his round rolling at the long, par-4 third hole with a 12-footer for birdie and felt in control the rest of the day. Overton hit 11 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens. He needed 28 putts, which only put him at tied for 41st.
“I haven’t been able to get those 12- to 15-footers to go in, and that one hot round that separates yourself from finishing in the top five vs. way back in the pack. So hopefully it’s a breakthrough round and I can carry it over.”