Tee time comes early for Shriners Children’s Open golfer

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The alarm timepiece went disconnected aboriginal Thursday for Adam Schenk, who had the archetypal tee clip of the time astatine 6:40 a.m. astatine TPC Summerlin. The aboriginal wakeup telephone was worthy it.

Schenk changeable a bogey-free 64, putting him successful the heavy of the Shriners Children’s Open lead. And helium did it with an abbreviated warm-up session.

“When it’s that early, it’s not adjacent airy outside,” helium said of his pre-round preparations. “It’s a small pugnacious warming up successful the dark, but everyone’s doing it, they’ve got spotlights, and with the entity this morning, you could truly really spot the shot passim the entirety of the shot.”

The mistake-free circular did not travel without its distractions, however.

“I thought astir that day nap a lot,” helium said.

Ryder Cup hangover

Viktor Hovland is astatine the Shriners Children’s Open, starting his caller play little than 2 weeks aft being portion of the losing European squad astatine the Ryder Cup.

The slump from that defeat, however, it didn’t instrumentality agelong for the Norwegian prima to shingle it off.

“It went implicit beauteous rapidly due to the fact that it wasn’t, obviously, that close,” Hovland said aft his opening-round 67. “If it came down to 1 putt that I missed oregon something, that would person been pugnacious to get over, but we got bushed by the amended squad and that’s however it goes sometimes.”

Shot of the day

Playing successful the greeting wave, Hayden Buckley delighted astir 2 twelve spectators with an ace connected the 176-yard 17th hole.

Buckley deed an 8-iron that landed astir 6 feet abbreviated of the hole, took 1 hop and dropped. It was his 5th vocation hole-in-one, the archetypal successful competition. He besides made 1 past week during a signifier circular successful Mississippi, and had different successful assemblage connected a par 4.

“I didn’t chunk it, but I deed it what I thought was a small heavy,” helium said. “It was a cleanable fig for a brushed 8 (iron), truthful I’m gladsome I mis-hit it a small bit.”

Making the astir of it

First they were out. Then they were in. Then they were retired again. But connected Wednesday, the apical 2 players connected the alternate database made it into the field, and Taylor Pendrith and Lee Hodges made the astir of the opportunity.

Pendrith changeable a 66 and Hodges a 67 connected Thursday aft a chaotic week that saw them determination from alternates Friday, into the tract Saturday aft immoderate withdrawals, past backmost retired Sunday erstwhile 3 players not successful the tract finished successful the apical 10 astatine the PGA Tour halt successful Mississippi, giving them priority.

But erstwhile Kevin Na and Brendon Todd withdrew Wednesday, Pendrith and Hodges were backmost successful for good.

Las Vegas’ David Lipsky wasn’t truthful lucky. As the apical alternate, Lipsky spent Thursday connected the grounds waiting to spot if 1 much withdrawal would unfastened up a spot for him. That, however, did not occur.

Greg Robertson covers play for the Review-Journal. He tin beryllium reached astatine grobertson@reviewjournal.com.

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