Category archive: Blake Adams

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Morning rounds on the first day of big tournaments have a tendency to produce great stories. Blake Adams was that great story on Thursday morning at the Players Championship.

Adams, a 36-year-old journeyman out of Georgia Southern University, was among the early leaders in the morning wave with a 6-under 66 that included five straight birdies in his first nine holes.

Adams, who has one top-10 on the year at the Puerto Rico Open, has missed eight of 14 cuts on the season. The Eatonton, Ga., native is in the field this week because he was 84th on last year's money list.

Adams is a country boy. He's real country -- Boo Weekley country. After missing the cut last week in Charlotte, he went back home to his 350-acre homestead in tiny Nunez, Ga., population 150, and fished every day with his caddie.

"All of these guys out here live amongst these gates, fancy golf courses, and we live amongst deer and turkeys and dirt roads. We're just simple folks ... we don't need the glitz and glamour and all this," Adams said.

Last year he completed his own practice area that includes a 60-by-90-foot putting green and a 12-foot chipping area.

The green is made of artificial turf, but Adams says its reacts like a real putting surface.

"You can spin back wedges, you can hold 7-irons," Adams said. "I can hit any shot that I want to hit. So I go home and I'm able to go out there barefoot and chip and putt and hit wedges and hit drivers and do all this stuff and not ever have to leave the house and my wife. And my kids can sit there and hang out with me."

All that practice back home helped Adams on Thursday.

"I was fortunate to get out early," he said. "Had perfect greens; I was the first group out. A little wind until about halfway through the front nine or whatever, and you know, just kind of rode the momentum of those five birdies to the back side."

No matter what happens the rest of the way, this country boy had a good ol' time in his first round.

Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at evans.espn@gmail.com.

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