Wyndham Championship: Rory Sabbatini continues career resurgence with opening 63

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Wyndham Championship: Rory Sabbatini continues career resurgence with opening 63

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Wyndham Championship: Rory Sabbatini continues career resurgence with opening 63

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Rory Sabbatini isn’t slowing down.

A big-time resurgent season continued for the 43-year-old veteran Thursday in Round 1 of the Wyndham Championship, where he shot 7-under 63 to move one shot behind early outright leader Byeong Hun An.

That put him T-2 alongside Mackenzie Hughes and Patrick Rodgers in the early afternoon at Sedgefield Country Club.

Sabbatini has long been a model of consistency on Tour, even if he’s spent much of the past nine years away from the spotlight. He’s been at it for 21 seasons now, playing in at least 20 events each year, with more than $33 million in the bank for his efforts.

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That’s more than enough time to know when and where to be aggressive, and Sedgefield certainly fits the bill.

Sabbatini got after it in a hurry Thursday morning, making his first start since a T-16 finish in the British Open at Royal Portrush.

He teed off on No. 10 to begin the round and shot 6-under 29 on his front nine, with four birdies and an eagle at the par-5 15th hole. A drive to the right side of the fairway gave him a chance to go for the green in two, and he smoked an approach from 253 yards out to set up a 6-foot eagle try. Sabbatini converted and drained a 30-footer for birdie on the very next hole, the par-3 16th.

A lone blemish on the card came at his last hole of the day, the par-4 ninth, where he missed the green from just 123 yards out and failed to get up-and-down for par.

The six-time Tour winner hasn’t been victorious since the 2011 Honda Classic, nor has he finished runner-up in any event since 2012. But he’s been building to this moment all season, showing signs of life in April with a T-10 at the RBC Heritage followed by a T-3 at the team-format Zurich Classic.

Sabbatini has three additional top 10-finishes over the past three months, including a T-3 at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. Currently 43rd in the FedEx Cup standings, he now has a chance to move inside the top 30 and improve his chances at making the Tour Championship for the first time since 2007.

That starts with another solid round beginning at 1:20 p.m. Friday alongside Seamus Power and Brandon Harkins.

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