Wheatcroft leads large group in the low 60s

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Asked if he had his passport with him, just in case he hangs on for a first US PGA Tour title that would earn him a late ticket to the Open Championship, Wheatcroft said he did - but only because he always travels with it.

He was one shot clear of Michael Kim (63) while Nick Taylor and Johnson Wagner were among four players at 64 each as Joel Dahmen and Andres Romero also shot 64 in the tougher afternoon conditions.

Although he hasn't done it on the PGA Tour, the 40-year-old Wheatcroft has a history of going low. "I mean I didn't have any positives going on early, with the exception of the first hole". "I've just got to take care of my body a little better".

Twice major champion Zach Johnson, who has top-five finishes in seven of the last nine editions of the event, was seven shots back of Wheatcroft in a share of 56th place after mixing three bogeys with five birdies for a two-under 69.

"You know, I feel like it's close - 62 didn't surprise me".

The defending champion, who has five top-5 finishes this season, left after 15 holes.

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Seven players, including defending champion I.K. Kim and former No. 1 Yani Tseng, were a stroke behind at 66.

He was followed by five players in a tie for second; Rickie Fowler, Lee Westwood, Robert Rock, Scott Fernandez of Spain, and Jens Dantorp of Sweden. The Thai player had her last top-10 finish in 2014 at the Kingsmill Invitational.

Defending champion Scott McCarron was in a pack at 5 under, while three-time Senior Players victor Bernhard Langer and Vijay Singh were another shot back at Exmoor Country Club.

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With the leader at 9 under after Round 1, it seemed smart for DeChambeau to go home and rest with the Open Championship next week.


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