Frys.Com Open: Jeff Overton Takes First-Round Lead At CordeValle

By Brandon Raper
Joshua S. Kelly – USA TODAY Sports

After a 2013 season that couldn’t have gone much worse for Jeff Overton, the short turnaround time between seasons certainly doesn’t seem to have hurt.

Overton holds a one-shot lead after the first round of the Open at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif., powered by a bogey-free round of 64.

The Indiana University graduate had two top-ten finishes in the first three months of the previous season, but struggled down the stretch, including a controversial disqualification at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He didn’t play in any of the four major championships, and finished the season 100th in the FedEx Cup points standings, eventually getting eliminated after a 66th-place finish at The Barclays.

According to USA TODAY, Overton actually has spent much of the last few months working on a new grip that has helped alleviate some pain in his wrist, and it seems to be working wonderfully thus far. He didn’t putt amazingly well initially, but his ball-striking was so good that he hit 15 of 18 greens and barely left himself any long looks for birdie. After a par on the seventh hole went in, though, it seemed to start the ball rolling the right way – no pun intended.

“Next I knew, I made everything,” he said. “I saw the ball go in the hole one time, and was just chipping and putting it in — just everything. It was just one of those days that went my way at the end.”

Hopefully the Hoosier is able to keep things going. He’s had some success at CordeValle, as he finished eighth here a year ago. Overton can be kind of a streaky player, but that could work out in his favor this week.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and add him to your Google+ network.


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