The Memorial Tournament: Bubba Watson atop the early leaderboard

Sam Greenwood

The afternoon wave is starting to make its way around Muirfield and everyone is chasing Bubba Watson, who is tied for the first-round lead at 6-under.

If the early action during the first round of the Memorial Tournament is any indication, scores may go low this week at Muirfield. Birdies were plentiful for many players in the morning wave, including Bubba Waston. He carded six birdies an an eagle on Thursday and is tied for the early lead at 6-under.

Watson couldn't have gotten off to a much better start with two birdies and an eagle through his first six holes. He ran into a little trouble after that with back-to-back bogeys. However, those would be the only shots he dropped all day. He closed the round strong with four birdies in his final five holes, including three straight to cap off his day. Watson's round of 66 was matched by Paul Casey and Chris Kirk, making an early three-way tie for the lead.

Keegan Bradley didn't use his traditional belly putter, and the shorter stick was working well on Thursday. He didn't drop a shot in the opening round, carding five birdies on his way to a 5-under 67. He's currently tied for fourth place, one stroke off the lead. Hunter Mahan is also in contention, two back, after he shot a 4-under 68.

The opening round did not go well for Matt Kuchar. He was up-and-down all day, finishing with five birdies, three bogeys and a pair of double-bogeys. Despite the five birdies, he still finished with a 2-over 74.

The afternoon wave is now making its way around the course with Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and others a few holes into their rounds. Scott is 1-under through four holes while Mickelson, and his playing partner Jordan Spieth, are 1-under through five holes.

Here is current look at the leaderboard. You can find a live leaderboard at PGATour.com.

Place

Player

Score

Thru

T1

Paul Casey

-6

F

T1

Bubba Watson

-6

F

T1

Chris Kirk

-6

F

T4

Keegan Bradley

-5

F

T4

Michael Thompson

-5

F

T6

Hunter Mahan

-4

F

T6

Ryan Moore

-4

F

T8

Ben Curtis

-3

F

T8

Mark Wilson

-3

F

T8

Martin Flores

-3

F

T8

Kevin Kisner

-3

F

T8

Greg Chalmers

-3

7

T13

Hideki Matsuyama

-2

F

T13

Ernie Els

-2

F

T13

Thomas Aiken

-2

F

T13

Hyung-Sung Kim

-2

F

T13

Justin Leonard

-2

6

T13

J.B. Holmes

-2

6

T13

Brendon Todd

-2

5

T13

Rory McIlroy

-2

5

T13

Adam Scott

-2

5

T22

David Hearn

-1

F

T22

Pat Perez

-1

F

T22

Josh Teater

-1

F

T22

Marc Leishman

-1

F

T22

Billy Horschel

-1

F

T22

Luke Donald

-1

F

T22

Steve Stricker

-1

F

T22

Jason Dufner

-1

F

T22

Russell Henley

-1

F

T22

Michael Putnam

-1

F

T22

Freddie Jacobson

-1

F

T22

David Lingmerth

-1

8

T22

Thorbjorn Olesen

-1

8

T22

Ryo Ishikawa

-1

7

T22

Jordan Spieth

-1

5

T22

Phil Mickelson

-1

5

T22

Jason Day

-1

5

T22

Nick Watney

-1

3

T22

Charley Hoffman

-1

3

T22

Rickie Fowler

-1

4

T22

Ben Martin

-1

2

T43

Will MacKenzie

E

F

T43

Bo Van Pelt

E

F

T43

Scott Stallings

E

F

T43

Matt Jones

E

F

T43

Charl Schwartzel

E

F

T43

Carl Pettersson

E

F

T43

Scott Langley

E

F

T43

Brian Davis

E

9

T43

Brice Garnett

E

9

T43

Erik Compton

E

9

T43

Camilo Villegas

E

8

T43

Nicholas Thompson

E

8

T43

Sean O'Hair

E

8

T43

Gonzalo Fdez-Castano

E

7

T43

Woody Austin

E

6

T43

Kevin Streelman

E

6

T43

Kevin Na

E

5

T43

Charles Howell III

E

4

T43

Brendon de Jonge

E

2

T43

Cameron Tringale

E

3

T43

Justin Hicks

E

3

T43

Robert Streb

E

3

T43

Luke Guthrie

E

3

T43

Michael Kim

E

2

T43

Andrew Svoboda

E

2

T43

Branden Grace

E

2

T43

Billy Hurley III

E

2

T43

Jason Allred

E

2

T71

Russell Knox

1

F

T71

Jason Bohn

1

F

T71

George McNeill

1

F

T71

Vijay Singh

1

F

T71

Jim Furyk

1

F

T71

Justin Rose

1

F

T71

K.J. Choi

1

F

T71

Justin Thomas

1

F

T71

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

1

F

T71

Bryce Molder

1

9

T71

Robert Garrigus

1

9

T71

Robert Allenby

1

7

T71

Scott Brown

1

7

T71

Seung-yul Noh

1

6

T71

Stewart Cink

1

5

T71

Bill Haas

1

5

T71

Gary Woodland

1

5

T71

Kevin Stadler

1

4

T71

Tim Clark

1

4

T90

Chris Stroud

2

F

T90

Brian Harman

2

F

T90

Daniel Summerhays

2

F

T90

Chesson Hadley

2

F

T90

Kyle Stanley

2

F

T90

Matt Kuchar

2

F

T90

Matt Every

2

F

T90

D.A. Points

2

F

T90

Brian Stuard

2

F

T90

Kevin Chappell

2

9

T90

Aaron Baddeley

2

8

T90

Rory Sabbatini

2

5

T90

John Huh

2

6

T90

Dustin Johnson

2

4

T90

Lucas Glover

2

3

T90

Justin Lower

2

2

T106

Steven Bowditch

3

F

T106

Ken Duke

3

F

T106

Carlos Ortiz

3

F

T106

Trevor Immelman

3

7

T106

Brendan Steele

3

7

T106

Derek Ernst

3

5

T106

Mike Weir

3

4

T113

Nicolas Colsaerts

4

F

T113

Roberto Castro

4

F

T113

Richard Lee

4

F

T113

Morgan Hoffmann

4

7

T117

William McGirt

5

F

T117

Stuart Appleby

5

F

T119

Y.E. Yang

6

F

T119

Martin Laird

6

7

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