/David Lingmerth leads Quicken Loans National, but rough gets gnarly

David Lingmerth leads Quicken Loans National, but rough gets gnarly

BETHESDA, Md. — It turned out there were good scores to be had at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm.

Whether that remains the case for the duration of the Quicken Loans National is a mystery.

Despite red numbers clogging the scoreboards Thursday during the first round of the PGA Tour’s annual stop north of the nation’s capital, players weren’t moved enough to believe the rugged course spread out over a former cattle ranch is a pushover.

They know they had it good in the first round, as light winds did little to influence play and greens that were hand-watered Wednesday evening and Thursday morning proved manageably receptive for most of the day.

“I was able to hit a lot of fairways, which is key if you want to make some birdies. Obviously putted quite well. Those were two main things out here, hit a lot of fairways and give yourself some chances and hopefully the putts will go in,” said David Lingmerth, who set the pace with a 5-under-par 65.

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