Russell Knox and Hunter Mahan finished Thursday’s round at -6. It was enough to give them a one stroke lead over six other competitors.
Knox and Mahan achieved their scores differently. Knox and Mahan only birdied the same hole three times. They were able to knock down two, six and eleven. Knox fell victim to two bogeys on the day, holes one and 13, Mahan actually birded hole number one. He also bogeyed hole 17, a hole in which Knox came away with par.
Mahan has been quiet in this early year, but has played pretty well. He has competed in three touranments this year, but has not fallen below 26th so far. At the Farmers Open and Phoenix, he finished 15th and 16th respectively. Mahan has just failed to break into the top ten that will have people talking about him.
Knox, Scottish born, has only played one tournament this season on the PGA tour. He competed in the first tournament, the Sony Open, where he missed the cut. The drastic change is a welcomed one for the 27 year old.
Including the group of six that are just one back from the two men, there are also a slue of players including Kevin Na, Brandt Snedeker and Lee Westwood that are sitting at -4, just two strokes behind.