Harold Varner III grabbed the early lead at the Wyndham Championship, something he has done already this season on the PGA Tour. Now, he needs to build on that lead.
Harold Varner III has had an outstanding season on the PGA Tour. And on Thursday, he took it one step further at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Varner grabbed the early lead at the Wyndham with a sparkling 8-under par round of 62. And his round was every bit as good as one could imagine.
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After a par on the first hole, Varner birdied the par-4 second hole by making a 10-foot birdie putt. He followed that with another birdie on the par-3 third hole, sticking his tee shot just five feet from the cup.
Varner would par the next four holes before going birdie hunting again on the eighth hole. His approach shot stopped just nine feet from the hole and he rolled in the putt for his third birdie of the round. He followed that with another birdie, this one on the ninth hole after sticking his approach just six feet from the hole. He finished the front nine at 4-under par.
The birdie streak continued as Varner made the turn. He would birdie the 10th and 11th holes to make it four birdies in a row. Suddenly, Varner was 6-under par on his round.
Varner parred the 12th hole before a birdie on the 13th. A par on the 14th hole followed, then his final birdie of the day, this one at the 15th hole, moved him to 8-under par on his round. Varner would par the final three holes to complete his 8-under par round of 62.
This is not the first time this season that Varner has taken the first-round lead in an event. In fact, in the PGA Tour’s first tournament after the three-month break for the coronavirus, Varner shot a 63 at Colonial Country Club to grab the early lead in the Charles Schwab Challenge. He would finish that event in a tie for 19th, one of his best finishes on tour this season.
Varner has entered 20 events so far this year and has made 13 cuts. He has finished inside the top 25 four times but has not recorded a top 10. His best finish was a tie for 13th at the Genesis Invitational in February.
Still looking for his first PGA Tour victory, Varner is off to a very good start this week. He must lean on the experience he gained with the lead at Colonial this week if he is to hang on and get that first win.