A roller coaster opening round for Kinn

Daniel Kinn
PGA of America
Daniel Kinn had a wild first nine holes at the PGA Professional National Championship on Sunday, making just one par.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Sunday, June 22, 2014 | 6:40 p.m.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- Daniel Kinn of Sterling, Va., enjoyed a fantastic first round of 1-under 71 at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club on Sunday in the PGA Professional National Championship, but that doesn't begin to tell the story of his round.

Kinn, 26, started on the 10th hole. He didn't make his first par of the day until he reached No. 18 (his ninth of the day).

After a bogey on the 10th hole, Kinn birdied 11. Then he bogeyed 12 before rattling off five consecutive birdies.

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He credited the birdie run to some fine green-reading by his caddie, brother Jeff. 

"He read the greens about as well as anyone who has caddied only twice -- all for me," said Kinn.

Kinn shot a 39 on his back nine with three bogeys and no birdies. But all in all, it was a solid day for the PGA Professional at Dick's Sporting Goods in Sterling, who finished in a tie for 53rd in his first National Championship start a year ago.

"We caught a break with our pairing by not having a lot of wind," said Kinn. "Growing up in the Northeast on bent grass greens, I am not used to these Bermuda greens. They are firm and fast. You have a lot to think about." 

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.