Davis Love III highlighted a six-man group atop the FedEx St. Jude leaderboard through the opening round of play in Memphis.
A 4-under 66 that included seven birdies was Love’s best round of the season to date. So far, his injury-riddled campaign has included three missed cuts and a withdrawal in six starts, with a best finish of T-29.
The 2012 U.S. Ryder Cup captain, searching for his 21st career victory, found himself tied for the overnight lead with the eclectic mix of Nathan Green, Harris English, Stuart Appleby, Martin Flores, and Glen Day.
Green is making just his fifth start on the PGA Tour this year. Splitting his time between here and the Web.com Tour, he has yet to finish inside the top-30 in any PGA Tour event.
A sophomore on the circuit, English may be ready to claim some hardware. This season alone, he owns three top-10 results to go along with three in his rookie campaign.
The same can’t be said for Appleby. A nine-time winner on the PGA Tour, the Aussie hasn’t finished better than 35th so far this season.
Flores owns similar numbers, though the native Texan has fared well in that state this year, with a T-10 at the Valero Texas Open and T-14 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational.
And then there’s Day. At 47 years old, the Alabama native has played in only one previous PGA Tour event this year, earning a Made Cut-Did Not Finish at the RBC Heritage. On Thursday, he turned back the clock with a five-birdie, one-bogey performance.
That sixsome doesn’t exactly hold a large advantage, though.
Just behind them at 3-under 67 are the following 11 players: Scott Stallings, Nicholas Thompson, Jason Bohn, David Toms, Peter Hanson, Tim Petrovic, John Rollins, Justin Hicks, Paul Haley II, Shawn Stefani and defending champion Dustin Johnson.
Since suffering wrist and back injuries following the Masters two months ago, Johnson withdrew from The Players Championship and missed the cut at last week’s Memorial Tournament. He posted an eagle and four birdies in Thursday’s opening round.