Former PDGA Beginner World Champion Anthony Barela is poised to make a bid for his first skilled main title after taking the early lead on the 2020 United States Disc Golf Championship with a blistering 1088-rated (unofficial) opener.
Barela, who can also be a former United States Beginner Champion, in addition to a Junior World Champion, confirmed nary a chink in his armor. He led, or was close to the highest, in nearly each statistical class, together with 72% Circle 1 In Regulation (1st), 78% Circle 2 In Regulation (sixth), and 93% C1X Placing (eleventh) on his method to a 13-under-par 54.
The one query is, how lengthy can he maintain this up?
So long as his putter retains discovering the basket, says Barela.
“I normally don’t have any drawback getting the disc in place to birdie,” he advised Ultiworld Disc Golf Writer Charlie Eisenhood on TheUpshot Podcast. “However, every time my putt’s off, my rounds are not so good as they may very well be. It’s all simply psychological. I’ve placing days the place I can’t miss, after which when my psychological sport is off just a bit bit, the putter simply doesn’t go in, and I don’t shoot in addition to I may. So, it’s all in regards to the putter for me.”
It is going to be simpler mentioned than achieved, with arguably the world’s finest putter (and—inarguably—the world’s finest disc golfer), Paul McBeth, scorching on his heels.
McBeth, the final man to publish a rating of 54 on this Winthrop Gold structure (2018), has to be ok with his place coming into the second day of competitors. Solely a blemish on Gap 16 stored him from maintaining tempo with Barela when his drive clipped a department and leaked a few foot previous the hazard rope.
If there may be excellent news for Barela, although, it’s that 2020 has opened the door for a lot of subsequent technology gamers to interrupt via on the highest stage—not simply in disc golf, however in all skilled sports activities. With out the stress of huge crowds, many commentators have noticed, newcomers face one much less vital hurdle whereas chasing their first massive win.
“I do love enjoying in entrance of crowds and throwing massive pictures,” he advised Eisenhood. “The gang undoubtedly will get me amped up. However, it’s somewhat bit extra stress-free out right here.”
Two-time 2020 DGPT Elite Sequence winner Eagle McMahon can also be within the hunt as he finds himself tied with McBeth, and one again of the chief as he pursues the season’s solely PDGA Main prize. He was the one participant to utterly keep away from the Winthrop hazards as he slashed his method to a USDGC career-best 55.
Rounding out the lead card for Thursday’s second spherical will likely be Isaac Robinson, who received the nod over Chris Dickerson by advantage of his PDGA seniority. They’re tied, three again of the chief Barela, at 10 below par. Robinson, who solely hit 43% Circle 1 in Regulation, did most of his injury with the putter, connecting on 10 C1X putts and 4 out of 5 from Circle 2.
The MPO Lead Card tees off at 2:30pm (Jap) with stay scores and protection from Winthrop Gold.
Stats courtesy of UDisc Reside.