Jeff Overton opened the new PGA TOUR Season on a good note. Something I'm sure was much needed for the 30-year old former Hoosier.
Once he finally made a putt Thursday in the Frys.com Open, Overton felt as if he couldn't miss. Over his last 11 holes, he made three birdie putts over 25 feet combined with a 20-foot eagle putt when a gamble paid off on the par-5, 9th.
He finished with a tap-in birdie on the 18th for a 7-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Brian Harman.
"It really helps if you can get off to a good start," said Overton after his round. "It would be great if we can continue this thing and keep it rolling."
Overton leads Brian Hoffman (-6), Kyle Stanely (-5) and a group of six who are at -6. Which includes Michael Putnam, Jason Kokrak, J.J. Henry, Charlie Wi, Jim Herman and Brooks Koepka.
Putnam, who won the Web.com Tour money title last season to earn full status on the PGA Tour, and Koepka, the most traveled player at the Frys.com Open. This is the fourth tour Koepka has played this year. He earned his European Tour card by winning three times on the Challenge Tour.
The Evansville, IN. native [Overton], remains the only American to play in the Ryder Cup without ever having won on the PGA TOUR. Had a 2013 he'd much rather fogret, in where just about everything that could go wrong -- did.
He didn't tee it up in any of the majors for the first time since 2007. He was DQ'ed from the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, when he thought he could use a training aid to practice putting when there was a delay at the turn.
Later, Overton opened with a 69 at the John Deere Classic, only having to withdraw when he felt shooting pain in his right wrist.
Then there was his public spat with the PGA of America. Overton was the alternate who didn't get in the PGA Championship, leading to an open disregard to the situation on twitter, geared directly towards the PGA of America.
A good start to the 2013-14 PGA Tour season may be just what the doctor ordered for Overton to put a forgetful season behind him.