Day one of the Humana Challenge is complete, with a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard. Roberto Castro, Jason Kokrak and James Hahn finished the day at -9 under par, all shooting a first round 63.
Castro finished the day -4 under par on the front nine and -5 under par on the back. He had nine birdies all day, eight of which came on par four holes. Castro was surgical today off the tee box, with a driving accuracy over 90% for the day.
Conversely, Kokrak was less accurate off the box, but managed eagles on the 527 yard par 5 sixth hole and the 543 yard par 5 eleventh hole. Kokrak, like Castro, had a bogey-free round, finishing the day with two eagles and five birdies.
Rounding out the three way tie atop the leaderboard is Hahn, who also brought a bogey-free round of golf to the Palmer Course, shooting -6 under par on the front nine and -3 under par on the back.
One stroke off the lead is everyone’s new favorite golfer, Russell Henley, who is a bogey on the 17th away from making this a four way tie for the lead after the first day of action. Henley was -4 under par on the front and -4 under on the back, for an opening round 64. Henley is tied for second with three others heading into day two.
Some other notables were Zach Johnson at -6 under par, “master of disaster” Brian Gay at -5 under, and the flu-ridden Phil Mickelson at even par with a 72. Cuts come at the 54 hole mark this weekend, so tomorrow will be an important day for those who did not get off to a good start.