Will Claxton opened the HP Byron Nelson Championship with a 4-under-par 35-31=66, finishing six strokes off the clubhouse lead.
If there's such a thing as being due, Claxton epitomized it before today's effort. He arrived in Texas just 4-for-14 on the season. His lowest round was a closing 66 en route to a season-best T39 in Puerto Rico. He's fully exempt but sits 181st in FedExCup points. Today he hit 13 greens and limited the damage to a double bogey at the par-3 13th hole where he three-putted from 26'6". Elsewhere, he drilled home six birdies, including rolls from 11'3" and 11 feet at the 11th and eighth holes, respectively. The highlight of the round, however, was a chip-in for par from the rough nine yards away at 12.