2023 Charles Schwab Problem scores, leaderboard: Harry Corridor leads with stars round, Michael Block struggles

The Block Social gathering made its technique to Colonial Nation Membership on Thursday, and it didn’t go as deliberate.

Final week’s PGA Championship hero, membership professional Michael Block, performed in his first occasion following final week’s main championship insanity on the Charles Schwab Problem. We’ll cowl his robust spherical under in addition to dive a bit deeper into the rounds of a number of the gamers on the high of this area.

The week after majors all the time really feel like a little bit of a breather, however there are many stars within the area at Colonial to try. Let’s get to a couple of them, however let’s begin on the high with our chief, Harry Corridor.

The chief

1. Harry Corridor (-8)

British Bryson (in case you’ve seen images just like the one under, you realize why that is his nickname) shot a preposterous 8-under 62 on Thursday and gained over eight pictures on the sector together with his efficiency. To place it in perspective, take into account the truth that solely 4 gamers obtained to 4 underneath, and Corridor doubled all of them up. The one participant between him and people at 4 underneath is Harris English, who additionally had an incredible first day.

The query now’s whether or not it is sustainable. The numbers say no. Corridor led the sector in placing Thursday, which is a inform for anyone who’s going to regress over the subsequent three rounds. Corridor’s finest ever end on the PGA Tour is a T8 on the 2021 Shriners. With horses surrounding him at Colonial, it is tough — even after the recent begin — to see him bettering on that.

Even Corridor appeared a bit stunned by the efficiency, saying that he did not actually see it coming. His solely high 10s of 2023 are a T7 on the Puerto Rico Open and a T10 on the Mexico Open.

“I do not are likely to see something coming,” Corridor mentioned. “However I performed some good golf this season, and I’ve had a few high tens. Yeah, this feels good to be on the leaderboard. Hopefully, I can hold the hole there between the remainder of the sector this afternoon.”

Others in rivalry 

2. Harris English (-5) 

T3. Tom Hoge, Adam Schenk, Robby Shelton, Andrew Putnam (-3)

T7. Michael Kim, David Lipsky, Austin Smotherman, Ryan Fox, Si Woo Kim, Billy Horschel, Sam Bruns, Scottie Scheffler, Chez Reavie, Dylan Frittelli, Emiliano Grillo, Ben Griffin, Max Homa, Kevin Streelman, Ben An, Carson (-3)

Whew, now you see why Corridor holding on right here shouldn’t be wager. Hoge led the sector from tee to inexperienced, English almost gained a stroke in each statistical class, Burns bounced again from a brutal PGA Championship efficiency and Scheffler did his regular “made no putts however nonetheless shot 67” routine.

Clearly the No. 1 participant on the earth stands out right here, nevertheless it’s extra rivalry by committee that Corridor must be involved with going into Friday after which onto the weekend. Scheffler is almost an auto-three strokes gained at this level, which goes to lead to rivalry and both a victory or a high 10. 

His 10 tournaments to this point this yr seem like this. 

  • PGA: T2
  • Byron Nelson: T5
  • RBC Heritage: T11
  • Masters: T10
  • Match Play: 4th
  • Gamers: 1st
  • Arnold Palmer Invitational: T12
  • Phoenix Open: 1st
  • American Specific: T11
  • Match of Champions: T7

Come on. That is outrageous! And but it is occurring as a result of he has essentially the most persistently nice tee-to-green sport on the earth proper now. He is the heavy favourite for a cause.

Block Social gathering over  

It got here crashing down on Thursday. After a media tour for the ages, Block was the one participant to shoot worse than 77, and he shot 81. He began bogey-bogey-bogey earlier than seemingly righting the ship with a pair of birdies on the way in which out. Following a shot off a bridge on the tenth by which he by some means made par, it obtained ugly. He closed double-double-par-double for the 11-over 81.

“It is a type of days of golf,” Block mentioned. “In the event you play golf, you realize precisely what simply occurred. So I do not actually need to elucidate it an excessive amount of as a result of, if you’re a golfer, you’ve got had the day I’ve had. You perceive the info of the place the lies aren’t good and the timber are in your means each time. Even your good pictures are dangerous, your dangerous pictures are worse.

“It’s what it’s. I will reside with it. I assumed it was going to occur that third or fourth spherical final week at Oak Hill, and it by no means occurred. It occurred now, and I wasn’t stunned by it, to inform you the reality.”

He went on to say he was excited to see his children tomorrow night however added that he may shoot 58 or 59 to make the reduce.

Charles Schwab Problem Odds

Through Caesars Sportsbook

  • Scottie Scheffler: 16/5
  • Harry Corridor: 10-1
  • Max Homa: 12-1
  • Harris English: 14-1
  • Sam Burns: 16-1
  • Andrew Putnam: 22-1
  • Tom Hoge: 25-1
  • Rickie Fowler: 25-1
  • Si Woo Kim: 25-1

Scheffler is the heavy favourite as a result of it looks like he cannot shoot something worse than 67 at a daily PGA Tour occasion proper now. The 2 guys I like, nevertheless, are Fowler and Kim at 25-1. Kim particularly flushed it, and Fowler has been sneaky strong all yr. I like these at 25-1 greater than Scheffler at 3-1.

Rick Gehman is joined by Kyle Porter to interrupt down Spherical 1 of the Charles Schwab Problem. Comply with and hearken to The First Reduce on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

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