After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the Barbasol Championship last year, the PGA Tour event has returned with some golfers from the Kentucky area.
Jim Herman won the 2019 tournament with a score of 26 under par for his second career PGA title. He will compete again this year and has three consecutive top 28 finishes on the PGA Tour. The tournament, which became a PGA event in 2015, started on Thursday and continues through Sunday.
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132 golfers will perform, including Jon Daly, Charl Schwartzel, Jason Dufner and Stephen Jaeger. Since the first round took place on Thursday, there were two rain delays that resulted in the first round game being paused just before 9 p.m. due to darkness. The golfers who didn’t finish will be back playing at 8:10 am on Friday Stephen Stallings, Jr., Case Cochran and Josh Teater performed in the first round.
Stephen Stallings Jr.
After missing the cut in his last tournament, Stallings entered the Barbasol Championship with a chance to win his first PGA event. The St. Xavier and University of Kentucky product had one of the best performances of the day, finishing 16 holes under par.
His performance put him right in second place overall, but he was one of 12 golfers who were just one shot behind Brian Stuard on the leaderboard. On Friday morning Stallings will play his last two holes of the first round before starting the second round. On Thursday evening, his tee time in the second round was still scheduled for Friday at 9:02 a.m.
Just like Stallings, Cochran will return to the Barbasol Championship after tied 45th place in 2019. The Paducah, Kentucky native qualified for his first PGA Tour event with a hole-in-one in 2014.
Also Cochran could not finish his performance in the first lap on Thursday. But he ended up in 71st place with two under par after completing 14 holes. Cochran had a double bowey on the fourth hole but a birdie on five holes. He will also resume the game at 8:10 a.m. on Friday, with his second round starting at 9:35 a.m.
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Teater is playing a little more than usual this weekend. For every birdie, he plans to donate $ 250, and for every eagle, he plans to donate $ 500 to Caddy127, the tournament’s nonprofit arm dedicated to empowering women and encourages children. He and his family have moved back to Lexington as it will be a home game for Teater. He was born in Danville, Kentucky and attended Morehead State.
This is Theater’s third Barbasol Championship appearance as it finished 6th in 2019. Teater was part of the first group in the morning and scored a 69 with three under par on the first 18 holes. He had an eagle with six birdies when he finished the first round tied in 44th place. His second tee time is scheduled for 12:45 p.m.