Jacob Bridgeman shot a 6-under-par 65 to take a one shot lead after the first round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship at Ohio State on Thursday.
Bridgeman carded six birdies and no bogeys in taking a one-stroke lead over Frankie Capan III and Chandler Phillips. Two strokes back are Jacob Solomon, Chris Petefish and Jake Knapp.
Bridgeman, a 23-year-old former Clemson player, is seeking his first Korn Ferry win. He entered the tournament ranked 12th on the tour and has four top-five and seven top-10 finishes. The top 30 earn PGA Tour cards, and there is one event left on the schedule after Columbus.
Bridgeman had one of the most decorated golf careers in Clemson history. He tied Chris Patton and D.J. Trahan with a Clemson-record five tournament victories, including at the ACC Championship. He was named the ACC Golfer of the Year.
Ben Kohles, who is No. 1 on the Korn Ferry rankings, shot a 1-over 72 on Thursday and is tied for 50th.
This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Jacob Bridgeman shoots opening-round 65 to take lead in Korn Ferry event at Ohio State