The team of Collin Morikawa and Viktor Hovland entered the Zurich Classic as the betting favorite in the PGA Tour’s lone team event, and they’re already off to a great start in Thursday's fourballs.
The duo started on No. 10, and after finding the fairway at the par-4 13th, Morikawa took out a wedge from 94 yards and sent a spinner just behind the hole that worked its way down the slope and into the cup.
The hole-out eagle moved the one-time Ryder Cup foes to 3 under early in their round. And after Hovland made birdie at No. 15, Morikawa holed out again – this time from a little closer, and for birdie – at the par-3 17th.
A birdie at 18 got the pair to 6 under after their opening nine, but a lackluster 1-under 35 on the front nine resulted in a 7-under 65 and left Morikawa and Hovland six back of the early leaders, Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele.
"Even with a kind of mediocre day to still be at 7 under, four off the lead, hopefully stay four by the end of the day," Morikawa said after Round 1. "We're still right there with formats to come."