The opening round of the OHL Classic went about as well as we could have hoped.

Patton Kizzire, our 66-1 shot, nearly set the course record with a 62 in the first round to take a two-shot lead over Vaughn Taylor.

Kizzire dropped to +500 behind only Rickie Fowler, who remains the favorite at +300 after his 65 in the first round.

Outside of Kizzire, Gary Woodland, Russell Knox and Charles Howell III all put up rounds of 68. Woodland was only a bet to win at 20-1, so he’s still got some ground to make up, but Knox and Howell were just for the top 10, and they are in good position there just two shots out of placing.

I won’t be adding anything prior to the second round and will see how Kizzire backs up one of the best rounds of his career. Players tend to have trouble following a low round with another, but short courses fit Kizzire’s game better, so hopefully he can be an exception to the rule heading into the weekend.

Joshua has spent the last five years writing about sports and the last 10 years betting them, mostly on golf. He’s one of approximately five people who will watch the PGA over the NFL in November. Follow him on Twitter @JoshuaPerry22

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