PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — In the first 10 years of PGA National hosting the Honda Classic, no player had hit all 18 greens in regulation, so leave it to a player who had lost his swing and missed four consecutive cuts to accomplish the feat.
Cody Gribble, the southpaw Texan who won in October at the Sanderson Farms Championship, was nearly perfect Thursday on the Champion Course as he coasted around the hazard-heavy layout in 6-under 64.
Gribble was a combined 10-over in his last nine PGA Tour rounds.
“I’ve obviously been swinging quite poorly the past couple of weeks,” Gribble said. “But I met up with my teacher on Tuesday and we had a great session. Regardless of what happened today – obviously I played great – but the process of getting the swing where I want it to be is definitely going in the right direction.”
Rookie @CodyGribble already has one win this season.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) February 23, 2017
The 26-year-old rookie out of the University of Texas was a member of the Jordan Spieth-led national championship team the Longhorns put together in 2012. Gribble spent 2014 on PGA Tour Latinoamérica and the next two seasons on the Web.com Tour before earning his invitation to the big leagues. He became a PGA Tour winner in just his second start as a member.
“Honestly, I think you have to limit your expectations,” Gribble said. “I went into the fall season hoping I would get into the event and then was hoping to just make the cut and then ended up winning. That changes your expectations for what you should do in an event. I need to keep them low.”