SELLERSBURG, Indiana – Making 10 birdies is becoming a habit for Cooper Musselman. Two weeks ago he made it to 10 in the final round of the Birck Boilermaker Classic, and on Tuesday he made it again in the first round of the Fuzzy Zöller Classic at the Covered Bridge Golf Club. These birdies, which he added with both hands, allowed him to card a bogey-free 61 at the weather-delayed event.
Musselman’s round not only set a new course record on the Covered Bridge, but also gave him the lead in the clubhouse for the fifth Forme Tour event of the 2021 season. It was an ideal day for the 26-year-old, who is currently two Has beaten Trevor Werbylo, Matt Ryan and Andrew Yun. Like Musselman, this trio of players had bogey-free rounds.
“It runs fine. I did a lot of birdies. The last round I played I did 10 birdies, so I also had a double (bogey) and three bogeys. I did a lot of birdies, ”said Musselman after his morning round. “It’s all about cleaning up the bogeys. Luckily 10 birdies today, zero bogeys, so I think I did pretty well. “
A hot putter carried the Kentucky-born and former University of Kentucky Wildcat to an 8-under 28 on the first nine, highlighted by six consecutive birdies starting on the fourth hole. He made a great putt on # 6 and then hit a good wedge shot approach on the next hole. On the eighth, Musselman tapped his 6 iron close to give him another birdie opportunity. He noted that he didn’t make a great second shot approach on the ninth par-5, but he had a wedge shot from the first cut of the rough that hit his ball at 15 feet, a putt he made.
“It got rolling pretty early,” said Musselman. “I had a really good up and down to keep the momentum going.”
On the second nine, Musselman screwed the 13th and 15th holes with par-4s. He ended his day with a full lob wedge yardage number with the wind on his face. He pulled his 60-degree wedge first and then switched to a 54-degree wedge before going back to the 60-degree. In the end, he left his shot too short. He finished the round with two par putts and the low nine and 18 hole scores that season.
“I probably should have stayed at 54, but overall I knew I had to make it to 59. I tried to make it, but it landed about three feet short and it sucked up the green. It was a good shot, it went just right, I just couldn’t get it, ”said Musselman.
Werbylo is fifth on the points list and is still striving for his first win. At the season opener at Jennings Mill Country Club, Werbylo, the L&J Golf Championship shot a couple of 66s on its professional debut to get into a playoff with Samuel Saunders at 16 under. On the tour through PGA TOUR University, the 23-year-old watched Saunders make a par on the first additional hole to win.
With rounds of 7 under 64, Michael Johnson, Dylan Meyer and Austin Hitt are tied in fifth place.
Before the game started on Tuesday, officials delayed the first round tee times by two hours and 30 minutes due to a lightning strike. They paused play for the day at 8:38 pm, with 111 players officially posting a result. The first round continues on Wednesday at 7.30 a.m.
Did you know Jeremy Paul has a twin brother who was born a minute later? Yannik is the youngest and played golf for the University of Colorado. Jeremy has full status on the Forme Tour after finishing the 2019 Mackenzie Tour season in 22nd place on the Order of Merit. Jeremy Paul, 29th on this year’s points list, opened with a 5-under 66 and is right in 10th place. He’s made three of the four cuts he’s played this year, with a tie for 10th place at the Bolingbrook Golf Club Invitational being his top outing.
• The field started with 156 players representing seven different countries or territories. After the second round on Wednesday, it will be reduced to 60 players (with draws) for the last two days of the event.
• This week’s champion receives 500 points. In addition, he will claim $ 20,000 from the $ 115,000 wallet.
• The Fuzzy Zoeller Classic at the Covered Bridge Golf Club is the fifth event of the 2021 season.
• This season Cooper Musselman made the cut in three events, his best result in a T19 at the L&J Golf Championship at Jennings Mill Country Club.
• Last summer, Cooper Musselman won his first professional title in the LOCAiQ Series at the Auburn University Club, Alabama. He made it into the finals three strokes behind the leader Alex Smalley. He shot a 66 to force a playoff with Bryson Never, then defeated Never with a par on the fourth additional hole.
• Trevor Werbylo is one of nine PGA TOUR University players playing at Covered Bridge Golf Club this week. The University of Arizona alum competed that week, finishing eighth on the scoring average, with 69.19 hits after 16 rounds.
• Michael Johnson’s 64 strokes on Tuesday were his best 18-hole round of the season. Previously, his best round was a 65 during the third round of the Bolingbrook Golf Club Invitational. In this tournament he finished with 10 under the 24th place. Auburn University alum has made three sacrifices, his best performance being fourth place at the season opener. He came in at number 16 on the points list this week.
• Dylan Meyer missed the cut in the first two events of the season. In his last two, he shared sixth and 13th places.
• Matt Ryan entered the field thanks to his status on the Korn Ferry Tour. The 34-year-old has played 21 Korn Ferry Tour events this season. He competed in all four tournaments on the Forme Tour – his best result was a draw for the 31st two weeks ago at the Birck Boilermaker Classic.
• The front runner Turk Pettit started the week with a 1-under 70. His Tuesday round included three bogeys and four birdies. The graduate of Clemson University and winner of the Birck Boilermaker Classic ranks 66th to 18th.
• Matt McCarty made his second 65 this season. The 23-year-old has only contested two tournaments this season and reached the top 10 in both. He shared sixth place at the Bolingbrook Golf Club Invitational and 10th place at the Birck Boilermaker Classic. He is currently in 20th place on the list of points.
• Brian Carlson is having a tough time. The Purdue University graduate came in with a top 10 consecutive this week. Two weeks ago at the Birck Boilermaker Classic, essentially a home game on his college course, Carlson was in third place. After four events this season, he is in 14th place on the points list.
“The greens have a perfectly feasible speed. They roll so well; not incredibly fast but not slow so you can be aggressive on most putts. This course gives you a few ways to get a couple of wedges in your hands and I think you need to take advantage of them. ”- Cooper Musselman
“It’s insanely hot. I didn’t know how hot it was going to get. It was 93 when I got here. It feels like 105. When I got ready before the lap, I said, “Do whatever I can to save energy today,” and I did well. I have eaten well. I had a Gatorade and a liquid IV package. I didn’t waste any moves and it paid off because it’s so hot out here. ”- Matt Ryan
“It’s been a tough year but playing here feels like I can start over in some ways. That’s one of the reasons I chose to skip Utah (Championship) and Omaha (Pinnacle Bank Championship), which I entered as Korn Ferry (Tour) events. ”- Matt Ryan on his final Korn decision Skip the Ferry Tour tournament to play on the Forme
“Anytime you do three par-3 birdies, you will probably do pretty well.” – Matt Ryan
“It was a strange day because I didn’t tee off until 3:50 am. I didn’t feel too good this morning about the way I slept. I was lucky. I slept a lot before I got out of here. I got off to a really good start. I was 3 to 4 years old. I played the par 3 amazingly. ”- Matt Ryan
“We didn’t have much wind in the first part of the lap, but on the second nine the wind picked up and I started to play better. It’s a nice feeling to have a bogey-free lap out here while the wind picks up for the guys out here in the afternoon and can get me in position for the rest of the tournament. ”- Dylan Meyer
“When my last four holes came up, I told myself it would take two birdies to get myself in a really good position. In Illinois we always tried to get another, another. That’s what I did. “- Dylan Meyer
“It was a good day. I hit the ball well all day, pretty solid. I hit it well from the tee box, hit my wedges well, and got a lot of looks within 10-15 feet.” – Matt McCarty
“It feels good. I’ve been in the last two tournaments and I feel like there’s no reason I shouldn’t be back this week. Hopefully I can keep it going and give myself another chance . ”- Matt McCarty
“You have to hit your wedges well and do putts. But I think it’s important not to stand too far in front of yourself and take it one shot at a time. These guys can play. You have to go pretty deep. “” – Matt McCarty
“I have to putt a little better. I’m pretty close today, so I probably won’t have as many simple looks for the rest of the week. ”- Matt McCarty
“I’ve done a lot of things very well and I have to build on that. I have to build on that. I started out really hot thinking I was going to do something special. But it was a really good day. ”- Bryson Never
“I hit a couple of shots very close, a couple of birds. I got up and down the short par-5 and made a good putt on one of the par-3s. I did what you gotta do. You have to do putts this week. ”- Bryson Never
“I feel good about my game. I shot below average at every event. That’s not quite enough at this level, but you do all four cuts, you make money, and you play for four days. Hopefully it can turn into something special. ”- Bryson Nimmer
“I think it just sticks to the fact that you have to do a lot of birdies. You can’t get complacent. You need to realize that you need to keep staying low. There are many birdies on this golf course. I think it will probably be about shooting 6-, 7-under each day. ”- Bryson Never
Weather in the first lap:
Sunny, hot and humid, with a high of 91. Wind variable, with gusts of up to 11 mph.