Bulle, Fast share Portland Open lead
08/21/2014 11:03 PM
08/22/2014 12:47 AM
Portland, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - Kent Bulle and Matt Fast carded matching 8- under 63s on Thursday to share the lead after the opening round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open.
Bulle and Fast are both seeking their first career win on the Web.com Tour.
Michael Kim shot a 6-under 65 on the Witch Hollow Course at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club and is alone in third place.
Two-time winner this season Carlos Ortiz carded a 5-under 66 to earn a share of fourth place with six other players. He was joined by James Nitties, Daniel Berger, D.J. Brigman, Byron Smith, Nicholas Lindheim and Gregor Main.
Bulle parred his first two holes before rolling in a birdie at the third. He then found the green at the par-5 fourth with his second shot and converted his eagle effort to jump to 3-under.
He later poured in consecutive birdies at the seventh and eighth to make the turn at minus-5.
A bogey at the 10th dropped him back to 4-under, but he recovered with four straight birdies from the 11th to race to the top of the leaderboard at 8- under. He parred his final four holes to end there.
"I've got everything to gain and nothing to lose," said Bulle. "It's free up, go play and try and win the golf tournament."
Fast started his bogey-free round on the back nine and quickly moved into red numbers with back-to-back birdies at the 11th and 12th.
Another gain at the 14th moved him to 3-under, and he would par his next three holes before closing his outward nine with a birdie at the 18th.
Fast then recorded birdies at the third, fourth, sixth and eighth to meet Bulle at minus-8, and parred the ninth to claim his share of first place.
Kim played in the morning wave and followed an opening par with a birdie at the 11th. He traded a birdie at the 15th with a bogey at the 16th before closing his outward nine with a birdie at the 18th.
He made it two gains in a row at the first to move to 3-under, and added another pair of birdies at the third and fourth to reach minus-5.
After parring his next three holes, he poured in his seventh birdie of the day at the eighth to move to 6-under and parred his final hole to set the early clubhouse mark.
"It doesn't really matter how well I do this week unless I win. So I'm playing to win, and if I don't win I still have the finals to look forward to beginning next week," Kim said.
Rod Pampling had eight birdies and a bogey over his first 15 holes to move a shot ahead of Kim in the afternoon before an errant drive at the seventh, his 16th, led to a double-bogey. He followed that with a bogey at the eighth to fall back to 4-under and parred the last to finish there.
NOTES: This is the final regular-season event on tour. The top 25 players on the money list after this tournament will earn their PGA Tour cards for the 2014-15 season. The top 75 on the money list will gain entry into the tour finals, which will provide another 25 PGA Tour cards for next season ... Fast's best finish of the season was a tie for ninth at the WNB Golf Classic ... Bulle is making just his third start of the season. he shared 19th place at the South Georgia Classic and tied for 50th at the BMW Charity Pro-Am ... Steve LeBrun recorded a hole-in-one at the second hole.
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