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Tampa Bay Championship 2013: Day 1 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More

PALM HARBOR, FL - MARCH 14:  Luke Donald of England plays a shot on the 4th hole during the first round of the Tampa Bay Championship at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club on March 14, 2013 in Palm Harbor, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 14, 2013

An unlikely leader emerged at the 2013 Tampa Bay Championship on Thursday.

Texas native Shawn Stefani, who played in just one PGA Tour event last year, started off strong at Copperhead, posting a six-under 65 on Day 1.

Luke Donald, the defending champion of the tournament (formerly known as the Transitions Championship), finds himself a few strokes behind the leader, but he's still in range to make a push in the next three days.

Here's a look at the leaderboard, highlights and analysis of the first round in Copperhead.

 

Day 1 Leaderboard

Position Player Score
1 Shawn Stefani -6 
2 Brian Harman -4 
T3  Tag Ridings  -3 
T3  Brendan Steele -3 
T3  Harris English  -3
T6  Chez Reavie -2
T6  Vijay Singh  -2
T6  K.J. Choi -2 
T6  Dicky Pride  -2
T6 Peter Tomasulo -2

 

*Three other golfers scored a -2. Check out PGATour.com for the complete leaderboard.


Shawn Stefani, who placed 36th at the Houston Open last year (his only PGA Tour event of 2012), ended Day 1 with a six-under 65, posting six birdies along the way. Stefani placed 39th at the Puerto Rico Open last week after missing three straight cuts.

Brian Harman, who tied for 18th place at the Puerto Rico Open, had a fine day, finishing with a four-under 67. The 26-year-old Georgia native posted five birdies on the day, complete with a 22-foot birdie putt on hole No. 5. Harman missed the cut at the tournament last year.

Harris English also had a nice Thursday overall at Copperhead. The American posted a three-under 68, complete with five birdies—a double bogey on the last hole made it a rough close to the day. English has one top-10 finish this year (Sony Open), and he missed the cut at the tournament last year.

Luke Donald, the 2012 champion, managed to stay under par on Thursday. He registered four birdies but also had three bogeys. The 35-year-old Brit sits one under 70 after scoring a 13-under 271 last year.

California native Brendan Steele, who didn't participate in the tournament last season and missed the cut in 2011, recorded a three-under 68 through one day of golf at Copperhead. The 29-year-old posted five birdies and two bogeys on Thursday.

The field generally fared the best on hole No. 11 on Thursday, per ESPN. The field fared the worst on hole No. 6.

 

Highlights

*Video courtesy of PGATour.com

Harris English had a solid day. He knocked in a 13-foot putt for birdie after a nice approach shot on hole No. 7.

Brian Harman also played well on Thursday. His winding, 22-foot putt for birdie on hole No. 5 was proof.

Jordan Spieth only went under par on one of his first nine holes, but his 73-foot bunker shot for eagle was a beauty. 

Roberto Castro nailed a 49-foot chip shot for birdie on hole No. 12.

Geoff Ogilvy didn't have the greatest day (posting three bogeys), but everyone will remember his 35-foot uphill putt for eagle on hole No. 5.

 

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