Erik Compton shares second spot on the opening day of the Memorial Tournament

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Erik Compton shares second spot on the opening day of the Memorial Tournament
Erik Compton carded a five-under par 67 in the opening round of the Memorial Tournament at the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin to share the second spot on the leaderboard on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Compton got off to a slow start and parred the first three holes prior to a bogey on the par-three fifth hole.
Thereafter, he bounced back strongly with a couple of birdie on the next two holes and another two on the 10th and 11th.
The highlight of his performance includes the run of three back-to-back birdies starting from the 14th hole that gave him a quick surge on the leaderboard.
“You know, I had some really good looks. I think I missed three and a half footer on 1 and hit it great on 2 and great on 3 and then bogeyed 4. And I was like, I'm 1-over, and I really feel like I haven't -- and then I just stayed patient and finished strong,”
said Compton, who is playing the rookie season on the PGA Tour.
According to him, he played well throughout the opening round. However, he failed to make some good putts on the front nine.
Otherwise, he could have managed to score event better and had the chance of taking the lead early in the tournament.
“I think the front nine I actually hit it better than I did on the back nine, just didn't convert any putts,” he said. “And I'm just -- what I feel I'm doing in my swing, it feels different than I have been in the past. And I'm just kind of trusting it and
swinging away”.
In the meantime, Spencer Levin also joined him at the second place after recording a bogey on the final hole of the round.
He was a six-under through 17 holes he played and missed the par putt on the 18th (No. 9) that caused him to slip to lower on the leaderboard on the second place.
Both the players now stay one stroke behind the leader Scott Stallings who fired a six-under par 66 with the help of six birdies and an eagle against two bogeys.



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