“We're going to go back and talk about those two holes,”Palmer joked about the pars. “”We had a little mental lapse. We brought it back hard." Jason Kokrak and J.T. Poston were two strokes back after a 57. The teams will play a modified alternate shot Saturday and close with best-ball on Sunday.
“Hopefully, we'll both hit good tee shots and then go from there, but the way he's putting and the confidence I have in my iron play, I think that will be the idea," Palmer said. “Hit a lot of good iron shots, put the putter in his hand.""
Rory Sabbatini-Kevin Tway and Charley Hoffman-Kevin Kisner opened at 58, Billy Horschel-Brendon Todd and Charles Howell III-Bubba Watson shot 59. “Old guy with a thoroughbred," Sabbatini said. “I'm just trying to let this guy run."
Defending champions Brian Harman and Patton Kizzire had a 62. Lexi Thompson and Sean O'Hair were 11th in the 12-team field after a 64.