“I'm obviously very excited about it. It's a great golf course, you've got to be able to hit the shots both ways here, control the distances with the irons. It's been a course I've also enjoyed playing,” he said.
The 2009 Master Champion has steadily risen back into form over the last three months and now holds a share of third at Wyndham, one off the pace of leaders Chris Stroud and Ross Fisher.
Birdies at the second and third put Immelman in the driver’s seat on Thursday, and he continued to score, making further birdies at the fifth and eighth to turn in four-under-par 31.
The 33-year-old was set to go very deep after making further birdies at the 11th and 12th, but an untimely bogey at the 15th cut him back down to size. Three pars over the closing holes kept Immelman at five-under, a score he was not unhappy with.
“I’m excited getting a few putts going in. That's what's kind of been holding me back the last few months and I hit a few funny shots out there but for the most part the ball didn't end up too bad and I was able to make a few birdies and keep things going,” he said.
While you can’t win it on the first day, you can lose it. Immelman is 148th in the FedExCup standings and his Thursday 65 sets his week up nicely. A good result will secure him at 125 or better in the FedExCup standings, which will secure his spot in the playoffs. That will be a huge factor in his approach to this week’s tournament.
“I have nothing to lose, to be honest. You know, at the end of the day even if things don't work out, I'm not going to quit, I'm going to keep going and keep fighting and keep working hard and so, you know, I've just got to keep going day after day and I'm still only 33 and have a long way ahead of me,” he said.