Lashley leads after birdie-filled 1st round at Rocket Mortgage Classic
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Nate Lashley fired a 9-under 63 in Round 1 of the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic on Thursday.

The 36-year-old holds a one-shot lead over Nick Watney and Ryan Armour after his bogey-free performance at Detroit Golf Club, a par-72 venue.

Chez Reavie picked up right where he left off after winning the Travelers Championship last week, carding a 7-under 65 to sit two back of Lashley.

The scoring average after Round 1 was 69.71 with 121 players of the 156-man field under par. There were 676 birdies made on Thursday, the most in a single round this year.

Here's how the top of the leaderboard looks after Day 1:

Position Player To Par R1 Score
1 Nate Lashley -9 63
T2 Ryan Armour -8 64
T2 Nick Watney -8 64
T4 Charles Howell III -7 65
T4 Talor Gooch -7 65
T4 Chez Reavie -7 65
T4 Stewart Cink -7 65
T4 Rory Sabbatini -7 65
T4 Adam Schenk -7 65
T4 Chase Wright -7 65

Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, and Bubba Watson sit at 4-under after Round 1.

Dustin Johnson birdied his final two holes to shoot 71, and Gary Woodland posted a 1-over 73 in his first round as a major champion.

Round 2 begins at 6:45 a.m. ET.

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