Auburn – Sam Saunders, who is the grandson of two-time British Open victor Arnold Palmer, fired a career-low, seven-under 64 to take the lead after the opening round of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship Thursday.

Saunders is currently 143rd in the FedEx rankings, but requires a top-125 finish in the overall standings to qualify for the play-offs.

“It’s hot. When it’s hot like this, you’ve got to conserve energy”, Saunders said. However, Saunders felt the round could have been even better.

Anyway, I am not here to paint evocative pictures but try and tip winners and the first thing that strikes the regular golf punter are the very short prices about a few players with plenty to prove.

The players said the birds were impressive to see up close. “I’ve been playing really well lately, been hitting the ball as well as I’ve ever hit it in my career in the past few weeks, really last month”.

“I just putted a lot better”, revealed the 27-year-old on ESPN.

Johnson Wagner just managed to hit the frame last week but his price has contracted considerably and I was a bit perturbed to hear how exhausted he got over the closing nine holes and needs a session or two at the gym to increase his fitness levels.

“I think you have a lot of people that are football fans that play golf, but it just brings some more interest at an earlier time of year, which is good”, Barber said. “[PGA Tour] Commissioner [Tim] Finchem, who I respect a great deal, we’ve talked about this on many occasions on how we work together and whether really, you could nearly say that there could be one brand for golf at the top level for tournament golf, and one for the teaching professional, the PGA. If these are the scoring conditions, not a breath of wind, greens were holding, you just kind of had to go out and take advantage of it”.

The highest-ranked player in the world at Grand National is Emiliano Grillo at No. 98. He’s from Montgomery and played at nearby Auburn. There are two more China-based events on its Challenge Tour, the equivalent of the Web.com Tour. “But I’m encouraged by the way I’m hitting the ball and just looking forward to tomorrow”.