Rocket Mortgage Classic Round 1 updates: Nate Lashley takes early lead with 63

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Rocket Mortgage Classic Round 1 updates: Nate Lashley takes early lead with 63

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Rocket Mortgage Classic Round 1 updates: Nate Lashley takes early lead with 63

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Nate Lashley, ranked No. 353 in the world, shot 9-under-par 63, blitzing the morning field on Thursday in the first round of the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

He held a two-stroke lead after birdieing five of his final six holes.

Of the morning groups, Lashley led a field of 33 players who finished 3 under or better.

Charles Howell III and Talor Gooch entered the clubhouse tied for second at 7-under 65, and Jackson’s Brian Stuard, Kevin Kisner and Danny Lee were among the seven players to shoot 66 early.

The North Course was designed by Donald Ross and first opened for play in 1916. It plays this week at par-72 and 7,334 yards. The layout allows for the possibility of some scary-low scores on the front nine.

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Tiger Woods won the Buick Open finale a decade ago. That PGA Tour mainstay from 1958-2009 was last played about an hour to the northwest of Detroit in Grand Blanc Township.

Tiger is not walking through the gallery ropes this week. The Rocket Mortgage Classic still features some worthy notables including Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland, Bubba Watson, and, of course, Mr. Subtle Buried Elephant Himself, Rickie Fowler.

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Rocket Mortgage Classic TV/Streaming Info

Thursday
Golf Channel: 3-6 p.m.
PGA Tour Live: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
PGA Tour Radio (Sirius 208/XM 92): 12-6 p.m.

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