The PGA Tour returns to Sin City for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. This is the first tournament back for many of the PGA pros, but not for the first round leader, Peter Uihlein. This is his fourth start on the new year. He has traveled from Napa to Malaysia to Korea and now in Las Vegas.
He looks like he is mid-year form after a first round 8-under 63 at TPC Summerlin. However, his play before this tournament has been sub-par to his standards. “I was really bad the first few tournaments this year, at least starting off. Got really lazy and complacent,” Uihlein told reporters. “Wasn’t mentally sharp enough for what I needed to be able to compete out there.”
Uihelein put a new mallet putter in his bag this week and looked to work out for him. He managed to make nine birdies and only drop one shot on the par-4 seventh hole. “I put in a lot of work last week for a few days and switched putters, so it’s nice to kind of see that hard work kind of pay off this quickly,” he said. “Wasn’t really expecting it.”
He currently sits one shot ahead of Seth Reeves and two shots in front of Robert Streb and Harold Varner III. There is a pack of players three shots behind Uihlein, including Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau.