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2024 Texas Children’s Houston Open first round highlights, leaderboard

2024 Texas Children’s Houston Open first round highlights, leaderboard

Twins Parker and Pierceson Coody, both PGA Tour rookies, made history Thursday when they teed off Thursday morning.

They became the first twin Tour professionals to play in the same pairing. The duo did so once last year on the Korn Ferry Tour, but the Texans own some PGA Tour history after their opening rounds. Pierceson shot 2-under 68 while Parker carded a even-par 70.

“It was interesting,” Parker said. “We were actually playing a practice round together, he read the tee time. I was like, like in my mind I thought it was going to be wrong just because we’ve never been like first two rounds paired together in any junior event, amateur event. We’ve been paired together like on the weekend in Omaha, but…”

Added Pierceson: “It was definitely a little more weird until the round started. Once the round started, it felt very normal. Yeah, definitely thought it was a typo.”

Last year at the RSM Classic, amateurs David and Maxwell Ford, juniors on the North Carolina golf team, played together, but Parker and Pierceson are the first pros to achieve the feat.

The Coodys are well known in the golf realm. Their grandfather, Charles, won the 1971 Masters, beating Johnny Miller and Jack Nicklaus by two shots. The twins played collegiately at Texas, winning a national title in 2022. Last year, they played on the Korn Ferry Tour before earning their cards.

Scheffler joked Thursday he still has a hard time telling the Coodys apart after having them over for dinner a couple months ago. Nevertheless, they have another round together Friday.

“It was a little more serious or less talkative (than a practice round), but we still talked, and our caddies are good friends,” Parker said. “Luckily we played with Jacob (Bridgeman), who we’ve known for a pretty long time now and his caddie as well. It was pretty laid back still. Definitely a little more tense than a practice round, though.”


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