Rocket Mortgage Classic: Nate Lashley holds 1-shot lead

Nate Lashley carded four birdies on the front nine and five on the back in a bogey-free round which put him top of the leaderboard

Nate Lashley carded four birdies on the front nine and five on the back in a bogey-free round which put him top of the leaderboard

Ryan Armour and Nick Watney both trail Lashley by one stroke after both players shot 8-under 64s on the day.

Kennedy High School graduate and former Ohio High School Athletic Association state champion, made an eagle on the No. 14, a par 5, while making birdies on No. 3 (par 4), No. 4 (par 5), No. 11 (par 3), No. 13 (par 4), No. 14 (par 5) and No. 18 (par 4).

At the 207-yard par-3 ninth, Lahiri hit a tee shot 188 yards at the green, setting himself up for the 14-foot putt for birdie.

"When you're first alternate it's not a whole lot of fun, that feeling of only missing getting in the event by a spot, by one person", Lashley said.

Charles Howell III, Talor Gooch, Stewart Cink, Rory Sabbatini, Adam Schenk and Chase Wright are also just two off the lead.

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World No 2 Dustin Johnson produced a mixed bag as he opened with a one-under 71, with his card blighted by double-bogeys at the fifth and 11th before he finished on an upward curve with birdies at the 14th, 17th and 18th.

The 36-year-old American left US Open victor Gary Woodland trailing in his wake with a flawless round containing nine birdies as he made the most of excellent scoring conditions for the morning starters. Lashley then made the most of his opportunity, shooting a career-best 63 to take an early two-shot lead at 9 under. Before that, he hadn't been in a tour event since 2014.

Johnson provided proof the Donald Ross-designed course can present a challenge.

But he's in position for bigger things this week in Detroit after an opener that featured an even split between birdies and pars, including five circles over his final six holes. He had a 4-under 32 on the front nine and was 3 under on the back, including an eagle on the 582-yard, par-5 17th.

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