Golf LIV Players that are new to the league are leading the standings after Portland’s opening round. Carlos Ortiz set the tone on Thursday with a 5-under-par 67. He is closely followed by Hideto Tanihara and Dustin Johnson, who are both one stroke back.
Ortiz got off to a terrific start by making birdies on his first three holes of the day, but it took him some time to take the lead. Ortiz had a great start and maintained a score of 2 to 3 under par before picking up his play over the last few holes to seize the lead.
Pat Perez and Brooks Koepka, who are both new to the series, are two strokes back. Koepka had a rough start but eventually settled down as the day went on. While Perez went through plateaus and dips, his victory was somewhat of a relief.
Johnson played quite consistently throughout the day, but to stay in the top two, he needed a spectacular shot through the trees on his final hole. Given that his tee shot went well to the right, Johnson’s ability to preserve par on the par-5 17th was a small miracle.
Patrick Reed achieved a par score. He frequently voiced annoyance over the fact that his putts were not falling.
Throughout the day, Phil Mickelson’s putting was terrible. Alongside players like Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia, Lefty placed third.
Johnson’s 4 Aces is the best team, going 7 under as a unit with Johnson and Perez. Stinger GC, driven by Branden Grace and Hennie Du Plasse, is in second place. The all-Japanese Torque GC (Hideto Tanihara and Jinichiro Kozuma) and Fireballs GC are tied for third place (Ortiz and Abraham Ancer).
Friday at 4:15 p.m. ET, round 2 of the tournament will start at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club outside of Portland.
Live updates and highlights from Round 1 on LIV Golf Portland
9:00 p.m. — Johnson taps in to keep his score at 4 under, one behind the leader.
8:59 p.m. — With his back to a tent, Martin Kaymer comes close to making a fantastic shot but misses just to the left. Johnson, in contrast, attempts a putt from the rough and falls just short. He’ll try to maintain par. Ortiz attempts a birdie putt but also misses it, so he must settle for par to complete the round at 5 under.
8:56 p.m. — On this last hole, Johnson is still playing from behind, but the ridge has saved him. To maintain his lead after the first round, Ortiz makes a superb shot on his second of a par-4.
8:54 p.m. — Behind the Birdie Shack, Johnson makes a shot that almost seems miraculous. He cuts the trees in half and returns to the last hole within striking distance. Amazingly brave photo.
8:49 p.m. — Your photo for the day is shown here, courtesy of Blake Windred.
8:44 p.m. — The day’s early leader Carlos Ortiz finally shoots a 5-under round to break the tie for first, completing the circle. After a poor drive, Dustin Johnson will need to save his last hole of the day.
8:38 p.m. — Johnson is all the way around the birdie cup, but he is unable to completely shut the door. He is tied for the lead with one hole remaining and is at 4 under. Wade Ormsby is now tied for fifth place at 3 under.
8:34 p.m. — As Justin Harding finds himself suddenly alone in fifth, three under is no longer a special number. Oosthuizen and Vincent are now at 2 under par, and Carlos Ortiz has reclaimed the lead.
8:30 p.m. — Despite struggling for much of the day, Mickelson managed to sink a beautiful putt. His putting stroke has been a source of concern as he is at 3 over for the day.
8:24 p.m. — Johnson taps in for par after leaving the birdie putt slightly to the left, maintaining his 4-under score. With a birdie, Patrick Reed finally shoots under par. Approximately two holes remain to be played.
8:20 p.m-Pat Perez made a double bogey to tie for 10th place with others like Koepka and Kozuma. Certainly a difficult run for him.
8:15 p.m. — Johnson’s second superb strategy has given him an opportunity to take the lead. He will have a direct shot to the cup because it was his second shot on a Par 4.
8:10 p.m. — Things in Portland are still tight as we approach the finish line. Johnson, Grace, and Tanihara are still in first place. Behind them are Kozuma, Ortiz, Vincent, and Perez. Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, and Phil Mickelson are now far behind.
8:03 p.m. — Due to Stinger’s steadfast refusal to leave, Hideto Tanihara reclaims the top spot on the rankings. Similarly unnoticed, Scott Vincent has quietly climbed to 3 under.
7:58 p.m. — 4 Aces, Stinger, and Torque are all tied for the lead at 6 under as the day comes to an end. Although it has been a challenging day across the board, they are making it through the weekday.
7:54 p.m. — With another birdie, Dustin Johnson is tied for the lead! Grace and he are currently at 4 under.
7:50 p.m. — In this opening round, nobody is able to establish any form of a lead, although Branden Grace edges ahead of Jinichiro Kozuma at 4 under. Many players are still at 3 under.
7:39 p.m. — Ortiz makes a great putt to go into second place behind Johnson and company. There have been several shifts and fluxes today at the top of the leaderboard.
7:34 p.m. — Koepka is still experiencing many ups and downs as he plays. He has appeared to be comfortable over extended periods of time, but he can’t quite put it all together to make a run at the leaderboards. With around six holes remaining, Kozuma is still the player to beat even though Dustin Johnson is still close to the top.
7:24 p.m. — A major shift in the standings occurs when Tanihara finally breaks serve and makes a bogey, moving Dustin Johnson into first place alongside Tanihara, Grace, and Kozuma. His putt was broken far wide.
7:19 p.m. — With a bogey, Perez drops to second place while the players in front maintain their momentum. Tanihara continues to look for the elusive 5 under number.
7:12 p.m. — Reed adopts a wise strategy as he searches for the day’s first birdie. With another birdie, Koepka is moving up the leaderboard while Jinichiro Kozuma is pursuing his teammate at 3 under.
7:11 p.m. — Mickelson was able to escape that situation by punching the green from a difficult lie on a slope. Although it was probably a two-putt situation, it might have been much worse.
7:06 p.m. — James Piot and Pat Perez both make a couple of birdies to surge up the leaderboard once again, moving Perez into a tie for second and Piot to par.
7:02 p.m. — As Reed struggles and grows more frustrated, Branden Grace pushes into sole possession of second place.
6:53 p.m. — Tanihara now has a two-stroke advantage and is starting to take some of the lead. It’s a player’s first multi-stroke lead today.
6:40 p.m. — In order to lower his score to a more acceptable level, Sihwan Kim makes an eagle. As players attempt to be the first reach 5 under in the first round, there are still challenges across the board.
6:36 p.m. — At this point in the game—roughly halfway—Matthew Wolff is starting to settle in, and Phil Mickelson eventually sinks a putt to make up ground with a birdie. Tanihara saves a par to maintain the lead while Louis Oosthuizen makes a birdie to go to 2 under.
6:29 p.m. — Scott With a birdie, Vincent has slowly climbed back at the top of the scoreboard. Right present, he shares second place with Tanihara.
6:27 p.m. — Koepka’s chip shot just falls short of tying the leader. He will maintain a stroke behind the leading by saving par.
6:22 p.m.-Bryson DeChambeau makes a great putt in the evening to go under par.
6:18 p.m. — As he drives a putt just to his left, Patrick Reed still isn’t able to shoot under par. Getting a little frustrated here early on.
6:15 p.m. — At 3 under, Hideto Tanihara has taken the lead, followed by Koepka, Swafford, and Wiesberger as we near the halfway mark.
6 p.m. — Newcomer Brooks Koepka is currently in first place with a score of two under. Ortiz, on the other hand, has now calmed down and is currently no longer in first place. Mickelson is still at 1 over despite missing a tremendous opportunity for a birdie.
5:54 p.m. — Wiesberger, Ortiz, Tanihara, and Perez are maintaining their lead at 2-under with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka on their tails. A lot of people are being played hard on this course, which is totally different from Centurion three weeks ago.
5:50 p.m. — With a birdie, Dustin Johnson moved into contention at one under. At 2 under, he is within striking distance of the leaders.
5:46 p.m. — After almost missing a chip shop out of the bunker to his left, Mickelson is going to bogey the seventh hole. His trying day keeps going.
5:42 p.m. — As Ortiz bogeys, he eventually slows down a little bit. He is now tied for first place with Wiesberger and Perez. Sergio Garcia almost joins them but misses the hole by a hair on a putt for a birdie. He is one below.
5:36 p.m. — Gooch had a good start, but after hitting a shot into the water on the third hole, he is forced to take a hit. This early round has had an issue with that one.
5:35 p.m. — Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau are still at par, and Phil Mickelson was fortunate to maintain par. Early on, he had a lot of difficulties. There are about 13 holes remaining.
5:21 p.m. — Hideto Tanihara is having success right away. A chip shot from the bunker that found the cup came first, followed by a good putt. He wants to take advantage of his momentum.
5:12 p.m. — With yet another birdie, Ortiz has now made birdies on each of his first three holes. He is in first place, followed closely by Wiesberger at 2 under.
5:05 p.m. — While putts haven’t been falling yet, players are now living on the green. Although the rolling greens at Pumpkin Ridge are difficult, golfers should adapt.
Perez makes another birdie at 4:59 p.m. to tie Ortiz and Bernd Wiesberger at 2 under par. Excellent beginning for the fiery newbie as well.
4:53 p.m. — On the third hole, Brooks Koepka’s gutsy shot JUST clears the sea. He took a brave stance, but his next opportunity will be challenging.
4:46 p.m.-Ortiz makes his second birdie to get to 2 under. With a favourable lay on his second shot of a Par 4, Hennie Duplessis will also have a chance to make a birdie.
4:43 pm. — Matthew Wolff is talking to a referee after a spectator kicked his ball. Wolff is attempting to replace the ball in the proper location, and everything appears to be in order.
4:41 p.m. — As soon as he hits his second tee shot, Ortiz is in command. I’m in a great position to go 2 under.
4:36 p.m. — In Portland, things have gotten off to a rocky start with many players making bogeys or double bogeys on their first holes. Koepka misses the fairway on his second hole, and Mickelson will have another opportunity to put his putting to the test. At one under, there are seven players.
4:33 p.m. — Mickelson saves par after holding his birdie putt slightly to the left as Dustin Johnson bogeys the hole.
4:30 p.m.-Carlos Ortiz makes a fantastic birdie on hole nine but it teeters on the cup before falling in. He’s off to a good start as well.
4:24 p.m.-Pat Perez makes his first LIV hole birdie. Good beginning for him.
4:21 p.m. — Some odd approaches here early on, with some shots angling incredibly low and others simply hitting the green too hard. Early on, it appears that players are still figuring out how to play Pumpkin Ridge.
4:19 p.m. — Phil Mickelson will have a difficult lie on the second hole after slicing his opening ball out of bounds.
4:15 p.m.-We’re starting at Pumpkin Ridge.The shotgun start for the second LIV Golf event begins in Portland with Brooks Koepka’s opening tee shot.