The players have all finished their rounds at the absolutely epic Gleneagles DGC for the San Francisco Open Presented by Innova Champion Discs. Simon Lizotte set the
bar high early in the day with the hot round of eight under par. Right behind him in a tie for second is Paul McBeth and Eagle McMahon at seven under par. And the rest of the field is right behind them with 34 players finishing under par today in the MPO division. Let’s dive into the action and see how our top player’s got their start at the Inaugural San Francisco Open.
It isn’t surprising to see world distance record holder Simon Lizotte at the top of the leaderboard on a course that measures in at almost 10,000 feet. Gleneagles DGC does demand serious control too though, but Simon’s off-season training regimen seems to have given him an entirely new sense of composure. He worked his way to today’s hot round with nine birdies and one bogey. He also only threw out of bounds one time, an error he quickly neutralizes with a 74 putt from the drop zone to save par on the 285 island hole 16.
Paul McBeth was no slouch on the course today either. McBeth carded ten birdies and three bogeys to tie Eagle McMahon for second place. He took two OB penalties for the day on holes 3 and 16. Unlike today’s leader, he wasn’t able to connect from the drop zone on 16. McBeth also put a double Turkey down on the card today, birdieing holes 8 through 13. In that stretch, he parked three holes, put one drive into circle one and locked in two 38 foot Circle 2 Putts. If McBeth can just shed the OB throws his 100% Circle 1 Putting is going to make him all but unbeatable.
Eagle McMahon had the hottest front nine of any player today, carding five birdies out of the nine holes. Right at the turn though he encountered real trouble. A 49-foot throw in saved him a bogey six on the monster 1188 foot par five hole 10. Like Lizotte and McBeth, Eagle also missed the island on hole 16 and was unable to make the drop zone putt. There was no one better than Eagle at finding Circle 1 today as he put on an impressive display at 61%. Unfortunately, Eagle wasn’t always able to capitalize, making 83% of his putts from Circle 1, giving him a ranking of 77th in the field. After ten birdies and three bogeys, Eagle finished the day at seven under par.
Behind McBeth and Eagle is a tight logjam of four players tied for fourth at six under par and another five players tied for eighth at five under par. Tied for fourth is Nate Doss, James Conrad, Nate Sexton, and Colten Montgomery. Nate Doss holds the lowest PDGA number and will take the honors of joining the lead card but I can’t miss mentioning that Colten Montgomery is the only player in the top ten to play completely bogey-free today despite an out of bounds penalty on hole 18.
The only hole left unbirdied on the course today was the 483-foot par three hole number seven. It’s currently ranked as the hardest hole on the course with 56% of the field carding a bogey or worse and an average of 3.66. Eagle McMahon’s incredible backhand roller may have been the closest look anyone got but putting through a gap barely wider than his disc he came up inches short on the cage. What’s clear is there are at least 17 birdies available on this course and maybe an eagle look or two.
The San Francisco Open might be the newest event on the Pro Tour but it is already proving that it has the makings of a legacy. This is exactly the kind of heat we tune in for because that’s right our lead card is comprised on only players in the top 5 ratings in the world, Simon Lizotte, Paul McBeth, Eagle McMahon, and Nate Doss. Ricky Wysocki, the missing member of the top five, is a part of the tie for eighth, but still has the Momentum of another Master’s Cup win that he can ride on. Tune in tomorrow at 4 PM for FPO coverage and 5 PM for Live Coverage of the MPO lead card. And as always, check back here for the fastest updates on the third season of the Disc Golf Pro Tour.
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