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Zurich Classic of New Orleans: Ricky Barnes Leading After 1st Round

Allan Henry-USA TODAY Sports

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The whirlwind is continuing for pro golfer Ricky Barnes. Earlier in the week, his wife Suzanne gave birth to the couple’s second child. Now, Barnes is leading after the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. If he is able to hold on to the lead, it will be his first career PGA Tour victory.

Barnes fired an eight under par 64 in the first round at TPC Louisiana, which was his best round of the 2013 season. A surprisingly large portion of the field was able to score well on what was a soggy, water-logged golf course, to say that least. The area was under the threat of severe weather (including hurricane) warnings yesterday and took on a lot of rain. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the implementation of the lift, clean and place rule helped just a bit.

To say that Barnes hasn’t played well so far in 2013 would be incredibly polite. He’s missed the cut in seven of his last 8 events and finished 69th in the other one (Shell Houston Open).  That rough stretch came after Barnes finished inside of the top 20 in the first two events of the year. “I just haven’t gotten off to good starts in the first couple of days,” said Barnes. “It seems like I’m always just chasing the cut.”

Unless something absolutely unexpected happens, Barnes is pretty much guaranteed to make the cut this cut. Then we get to see if he can make any noise over the weekend, since he hasn’t had many chances to play on Saturday or Sunday so far this year.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

 

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The whirlwind is continuing for pro golfer Ricky Barnes. Earlier in the week, his wife Suzanne gave birth to the couple’s second child. Now, Barnes is leading after the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. If he is able to hold on to the lead, it will be his first career PGA Tour victory.

Barnes fired an eight under par 64 in the first round at TPC Louisiana, which was his best round of the 2013 season. A surprisingly large portion of the field was able to score well on what was a soggy, water-logged golf course, to say that least. The area was under the threat of severe weather (including hurricane) warnings yesterday and took on a lot of rain. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the implementation of the lift, clean and place rule helped just a bit.

To say that Barnes hasn’t played well so far in 2013 would be incredibly polite. He’s missed the cut in seven of his last 8 events and finished 69th in the other one (Shell Houston Open).  That rough stretch came after Barnes finished inside of the top 20 in the first two events of the year. “I just haven’t gotten off to good starts in the first couple of days,” said Barnes. “It seems like I’m always just chasing the cut.”

Unless something absolutely unexpected happens, Barnes is pretty much guaranteed to make the cut this cut. Then we get to see if he can make any noise over the weekend, since he hasn’t had many chances to play on Saturday or Sunday so far this year.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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