Bettencourt Leads Reno-Tahoe

American Matt Bettencourt has taken the early lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open today with a 6-under round of 66.

A solid round comprising of six birdies and an eagle with just the one bogey blemished an otherwise solid round. Bettencourt has missed out on eight cuts in his last ten events and is determined not to make the same mistake at the Montreux Golf and Country Club.

“My confidence is building. I feel real comfortable,” he said. “I feel really acclimated to the elevation.”

PGA Tour veteran Chris DiMarco is one shot off the pace after a 5-under-par 67. The Reno-Tahoe event enjoyed a rare sight in DiMarco’s 14-year-old son being the caddie for the week. There were even times where the veteran took note of Christians suggestions to great effect.

“It’s about the coolest thing I’ve ever done on a golf course having my son there sitting right next to me making birdies and playing well,” said DiMarco

DiMarco is looking to add to the $20 million he has earned over his 16 years on the PGA Tour and a bogey free round today puts him in good stead heading into cut day.

The tie for third place finds fellow Americans Craig Bowden and Will MacKenzie who both shot 68s to find themselves on four-under par for the day.