USC's NeSmith 3 Over At St. Jude Classic

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MEMPHIS, TN (USC SID) -- South Carolina rising sophomore Matt NeSmith carded a 3-over 73 in the first round of the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Classic on Thursday at TPC Southwind.

NeSmith wrapped up the day in a tie for 116th and is seven shots back of a group of six golfers who share the lead at 4-under.

A native of North Augusta, S.C., NeSmith began his round on No. 10 and got off to a shaky start with bogeys on two of his first four holes before bouncing back with birdies on No. 14 and 16 to get back to even par. However, back-to-back bogeys on the 17th and 18th holes left him at 2-over par at the turn. He was able to get to 1-over with a birdie on No. 3 but played the final six hole at 2-over to get into the clubhouse with a 73.

NeSmith will attempt to make the cut on Friday in the second round as he is slated to tee off at 1:48 p.m. CDT. Live scoring will be available at pgatour.com. Television coverage will be available from 3-6 p.m. on the Golf Channel.
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