Straka in four-way tie for Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship lead

By Sacha Pisani 25 September 2020 3
Straka in four-way tie for Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship lead

Sepp Straka is among four players tied for the one-stroke lead following the opening round of the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship.

Straka carded a seven-under-par 65 and he was joined by Scott Harrington, Hudson Swafford and Tyler McCumber atop the leaderboard in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

A Web.com Tour champion but eyeing his maiden PGA Tour title, Austria's Straka was flawless on day one following an eagle and five birdies at Corales Golf Club.

Straka was the only player among the leaders to go bogey-free through 18 holes heading into Friday's second round.

Zhang Xinjun and Joseph Bramlett are tied for fifth, while Ricky Barnes, Cameron Percy, Justin Suh, David Hearn, Kyle Stanley, Sean O'Hair, Jamie Lovemark, Brian Stuard, Patrick Rodgers and Ryan Brehm are a shot further back.

American Kelly Kraft enjoyed a stunning finish to his round, going eagle-par-eagle – including a walk-off hole-in-one – to reach four under.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell made a solid start but he ended the round five strokes adrift of the leaders.

McDowell had three birdies and a bogey to be level alongside the likes of former Ryder Cup team-mate and 2016 Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson.

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