Davis Thompson takes on the role of the fast-starting amateur at this year's United States Open at Winged Foot Golf Club in Westchester County, NY. top, here's the low point.
What has he achieved?
Thompson is a senior at the University of Georgia, where he was a finalist for the University Player of the Year award. Georgia has produced a number of PGA players, including Bubba Watson.
Thompson & # 39; s amateur victories include the 2020 Jones Cup Invitational, an event in Georgia previously won by Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed.
Thompson is currently the fourth amateur golfer in the world to qualify him for the US Open. He played in two PGA Tour events this season, finishing in tie for 23rd place with the R.S.M. A classic in Georgia, where his father is a tournament director and misses the cut at the Puerto Rico Open. He has never played in a major before.
How Did He Do Thursday?
Thompson got off to a quick start with a birdieing of six, seven and eight, then added another at 11am to briefly lead the tournament.
He came back to Earth at the end of his round, bogeing three late holes to finish on min-1, four strokes off the lead.
Maybe he was helped by playing with two Georgia alums, Harris English and Brendon Todd. They each did him one better, shoot minus 2.
Thompson & # 39; s caddy is his father, Todd, who also played golf for Georgia.
What did he say?
"I mean, I'm nervous, but that's just part of it," he told Georgia student publication Red and Black before the tournament. "This is my first major ever, you only get one, so I'm going to try to enjoy it as much as possible."
"I've had a great start," he told Golf Week after his round. “I hit a lot of fairways coming out of the gate, which gave me a lot of comfort in the beginning. Then I just missed a few fairways coming in and had to cut it out and try to get up and down. Unfortunately not, "
Is it time to get excited?
Maybe not. It's not uncommon for amateurs to fire a good first round at majors.
Viktor Hovland was at least Year & # 39; s Open after a round four shots short and finished 12th, which was actually better than expected.
In 2018 Luis Gagne and Will Grimmer were four strokes back. They finished 48th and 66th. In 2017 it was Scottie Scheffler, who finished 27th.
Thompson and his fellow Georgia Bulldogs are knocking down on Friday at 12:54 PM Eastern Standard.