Will Zalatoris ‘a bit of fried’ however nonetheless opens robust at RBC Heritage
Will Zalatoris is admittedly “a bit of fried.”
Coming off his runner-up exhibiting on the Masters Event, the 24-year-old Zalatoris obtained proper again on the saddle Thursday for his first spherical of the RBC Heritage. He carded 5 birdies as a part of a gap 3-under 68, which had him 5 photographs off the early lead set by Stewart Cink.
“I believed I did a pleasant job at this time of sort of staying affected person understanding that I in all probability wasn’t going to be as mentally contemporary,” mentioned Zalatoris, who regardless of his world rating (27) and dream exhibiting at Augusta Nationwide stays a particular momentary member on the PGA Tour, with solely a victory qualifying him for this yr’s FedEx Cup Playoffs.
Zalatoris had only one blemish on his scorecard in Spherical 1 at Harbour City, and it got here on the par-5 second, Zalatoris’ 11th gap of the day. Sitting at 2 underneath, Zalatoris missed the green a bit of proper and was blocked out by some bushes. Nevertheless, he mentioned he had a couple of 30-foot-high and 10-yard-wide window to string a shot via and probably onto the inexperienced.
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He missed, his ball hitting a tree and ricocheting out of bounds. He went on to double-bogey the outlet to drop again to even par.
“I used to be attempting to get one thing beneath the tree and hit it up onto the inexperienced, and possibly even get it on. Both approach would’ve been simpler than punching out or another choice,” Zalatoris mentioned. “I nonetheless do not remorse as a result of it was value it. Simply hit a foul shot. … I feel, what, is there 120 guys this week (truly 134 within the subject), and I in all probability would have been the one one which could not match it via that window.”
Zalatoris averted one other possible catastrophe two holes later, on the par-Three fourth. After hitting his tee ball within the water, he was capable of gap his par putt from off the inexperienced to keep away from dropping a shot.
Birdies at Nos. 6-Eight helped Zalatoris get comfortably again into pink numbers as he eyes his eighth top-25 end in 10 begins this yr.