Landry, Spaun jump to early lead at Quicken Loans

Andrew Landry said even when things aren’t going well, it’s a matter of keeping a belief that he can pull things together.

That worked Thursday, though pretty much everything went to Landry’s preference during the first round of the Quicken Loans National. Landry and J.J. Spaun both shot 7-under-par 63s by avoiding trouble to share the lead at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm in Potomac, Md.

“Just believing in yourself that you can compete out here,” Landry said. “Just trying to grind it out. I know the season is long.”

Billy Horschel and Andrew Putnam are tied for third at 6 under, with Beau Hossler and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer another stroke back in fifth. Ryan Armour, Joel Dahmen and Ireland’s Seamus Power are at 4 under, with a pack of 11 at 3 under.

Landry started on the back nine and posted birdies on four of his first six holes. He played with a morning tee time and was without a bogey, posting a good score despite hitting only nine of 14 fairways.

“Ball striking was there today,” Landry said. “The driver was not as good as I wanted, but the irons made up for it.”

Despite missing the cut last week at the Travelers Championship, he said something clicked late in the second round and he tried to carry that into this next tournament.

The 30-year-old former University of Arkansas golfer recorded his only PGA Tour victory in the Texas Open in April. In that tournament, his worst score came in the opening round.

Spaun was in one of the final few groups to finish the first round Thursday. He was 4 under on the backside. Spaun, a 27-year-old former San Diego State golfer, is without a PGA Tour victory, but he has three top-10 finishes this season.

Starting on the back nine, Horschel carded his lone bogey on No. 17. Putnam played a bogey-free round in the afternoon.

Tiger Woods was a two-time winner of this tournament when it was held nearby at Congressional, where he served as host. He opened in this year’s tournament with an even 70, making waves by using a new mallet-style putter.

“I’m very committed to it,” he said. “… I hit the line I wanted, and I hadn’t done that in a while.”

Woods had birdie attempts on six consecutive holes from 12 feet or less during one stretch, making two of those.

India’s Anirban Lahiri had four consecutive birdies on the front side, then after 12 consecutive pars, suffered his only bogey on No. 18 and was left at 3 under.

Stewart Cink, coming off a tie for second place last weekend at the Travelers Championship, made an early run before settling for 2 under (going 2 over across his final 11 holes).

Defending champion Kyle Stanley shot 71 in a round that included five bogeys and four birdies.

–Field Level Media

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