By Chris Reimer, PGA TOUR Communications
With a birdie on the third hole, Jeff Overton moved into a tie for the lead at 8 under. Overton finished second at the CIMB Classic in 2011. Following his round on Thursday, Overton talked about the heat, playing the course aggressively and having fun with local favorite Danny Chia.
When asked about the heat at the end of the first round, Overton admitted that last year at The MINES Resort & Golf Club was the first time in his career that he had sweat through three gloves in a single round. Overton said that he came prepared with a case of gloves this week. Despite the heat and glove situation, Overton said he fed off of his playing partner and Malaysian local qualifier Danny Chia on Thursday.
“We had a blast out there,” Overton said. “He started making birdies and I was hitting the ball well. There were a lot of local fans following him which made it a good time.”
“This is a really fun course to play. We have so many options,” Overton said. “That makes it one of the more fun golf courses we play all year. You don’t have to hit driver on every hole, but if you are hitting your driver straight you can be aggressive.”
On a course where most players hit irons and fairway woods off many of the tees, Overton’s aggressive play has paid off with a lot of birdie opportunities.
“I’ve been hitting this Cleveland Classic dead on the money lately, so I have had a lot of scoring opportunities. I hit a 3-wood on No. 9 and hit driver on every other hole.”