Only one round is in the books at the BMW Championship, but so far Hideki Matsuyama is looking pretty good. In a far cry from the TPC Boston last weekend, Olympia Fields is playing totally different. Matsuyama finished with a 67 after making a birdie on two of the last three holes. That places him at -3 after one round, which shows just how difficult the course is playing.
Typically, courses do not play this tough if they are not an official major, so this could be quite the difficult weekend for a number of players as they seek a way to make it to the next round of the FedexCup Playoffs. Matsuyama made a ridiculous 65-footer on the 18th for a birdie as well, so without that bit of luck he’d be tied on -2 with little-known American Tyler Duncan. Mackenzie Hughes, sitting a -1, is the only other player to have broken par, while only ten managed to shoot even on the day. Last week’s blitzing winner, Dustin Johnson, is one of those men. Tiger Woods, who needs a good result to move on in the playoffs, made a bogey on all three holes to close, seeing him finish day one with a +2 73. Not the worst, but he will be disappointed, as many will be as this course showed its teeth in a big, big way on Thursday.