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COLLEGE GROVE, Tenn. – Abraham Ancer shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 on Friday to take the lead in the first round of LIV Golf Nashville, leaving Bryson DeChambeau three strokes back on his personal triumphant streak that began with his second U.S. Open victory.

Ancer is seeking his second victory in six events after winning in a playoff in Hong Kong in March. Tyrrell Hatton was one stroke back at The Grove, the course designed by LIV golf commissioner Greg Norman and opened in 2012.

Ancer won the 2021 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, his only PGA Tour title. The 33-year-old former Oklahoma player was born and raised in Texas and holds dual American and Mexican citizenship.

John Catlin was at 66. DeChambeau shot a 67, drawing level with Eugenio Chacarra, Sebastian Munoz and Sam Horsfield.

Ancer opened with a birdie on his first hole, the par-4 18th. He shot par on the next four holes before stringing together six birdies on the next 11 holes, including four of five, to take the lead.

DeChambeau followed up with two bogeys with four straight birdies and a par. The two-time U.S. Open champion holed a birdie putt on the party hole, the par-3 15th, and then put his right index finger to his ear to urge his fans to raise their voices.

When the ball he was trying to throw into the stands landed short, DeChambeau ran around a bunker to catch it and tossed it to a fan before jogging to the next hole.

Captain Bryson DeChambeau of Crushers GC hits from the first tee during the first round of LIV Golf Nashville at The Grove on Friday, June 21, 2024, in College Grove, Tenn. Photo credit: AP/Chris Trotman

“I feel a little bit like a zombie right now, but luckily the crowd is giving me a lot of energy. … Man, they're just pushing me forward,” DeChambeau said. “I can't thank them enough. It's so cool to see the support out there.”

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