Clemson, S.C.—Clemson sophomore Doc Redman played his last seven holes at three under par to finish with an even-par 72 in the first round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Country Club in Orlando, Fla.
Redman stands in a tie for 48th place after the first round and could make the cut with a similar round on Friday. Redman tees off at 9:23 a.m. off the No. 10 team on Friday.
The native of Raleigh, NC got off to a rough start with a bogey on his first hole. He also made bogey on the eighth and 11th holes before turning his round in the right direction. He made his first birdie of the day when he got up and down from 43 yards on the par five 12th hole.
He then made a birdie on the 16th hole when he two putted from 27 feet. He followed that with another birdie on the 17th hole when he hit his tee shot on the 219-yard par three to within 11 feet, 10 inches. He made the putt to even par.
Redman, who was extended and invitation after winning the United States Amateur Championship last August, averaged 296 yards on his drives on Thursday and found the fairway on 11 of his 14 drives. The 78.6 percent was tied for 14th best in the field.
Redman will try to become the first active Tiger golfer to make a cut in a PGA Tour event since 1989 when Chris Patton finished 39th at The Masters.
Redman is one of five players in the Arnold Palmer field with ties to Clemson. Kyle Stanley shot a 71 on Thursday and is tied for 32nd. Lucas Glover shot an even par 72 and is tied with Redman for 48th. Ben Martin shot a 74 and is 86th, while Sam Saunders had a 77 and is tied for 111th.
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