Huh surprised by fast start

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John Huh (8/1 – Outright) has raced into a two-shot lead following the opening round of the Wyndham Championship and even he was surprised by the impressive nature of his performance.

The 32-year-old, who won his sole PGA Tour title to date at the Mayakoba Golf Classic over a decade ago, carded a nine-under 61 at Sedgefield Country Club, with his unblemished round including seven birdies, as well as a 36-foot eagle putt on the 15th.

That all helped Huh secure his best-ever round on the PGA Tour and it has not only boosted his chances of winning in North Carolina, but also on securing a place in the FedEx Cup playoffs, that are due to get underway next week.

Huh currently sits 120th in the FedEx Cup standings, with only the top 125 players after the Wyndham Championship progressing through to the postseason and guaranteeing their full PGA Tour card for next season.

The Californian, who has missed the cut on three of his previous five PGA Tour appearances, admitted after his opening round that he had not expected to make such a strong start.

“I wasn’t really feeling great with my game so to shoot my career low, it’s kind of weird. [I have] sort of mixed feelings, but I’ll take this any day,” Huh told reporters.

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Sungjae Im (10/3 – Outright) is Huh’s nearest rival at the top of the leaderboard. The South Korean mixed two eagles and four birdies with a solitary bogey to end the day on seven-under par.

Americans Peter Malnati (25/1) and Brendan Wu (25/1) are a stroke further back, while Austin Smotherman (50/1) is part of a huge group on five-under as he looks to secure his place in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

The 28-year-old is currently 135th in the standings, although as it stands that would be enough to get him into the postseason, as 10 players ahead of him are currently suspended after signing up to the LIV Golf Tour.

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Author: Lucille White