After two third place finishes to open the secondary Tour year Gibson raced from back in the pack with a scintillating final round last week to finish top 20 and has backed that up with an opening 66 today.
Out in the early groups at the Club Colombia Championship Gibson endured a see-sawing front nine to go to the turn 2-under with four birdies against two bogeys.
But a blemish free card on the inward journey, enhanced by three birdies, was enough to post the early mark and his score stood up though three others joined him by day’s end.
“It has taken a lot of pressure off,” Gibson said of his play early in the season.
“Last year was a bit of a struggle as I only just kept my Tour card, but to know I’ve pretty much solidified my spot in the Web.com Tour Finals this year – it just means I can make a good run at the top 25 (on the Regular Season money list).”
"My goal going in: Have a birdie putt on every hole."February 8, 2018
One of five Australians in the field only Brett Drewitt joined Gibson in red figures with a 2-under 69 to be T17.
It was a steady performance from Drewitt who mixed three birdies with a bogey on a day when 58 players broke par.
Curtis Luck, who is yet to produce his best golf early in the season, was going nicely at 2-under through 10 holes but endured a horror finish with three bogeys in his last four holes to slip to 1-over-par.
The West Australian will have work to do tomorrow to make the cut as he shares 75th position though Jamie Arnold and Mathew Goggin have an even bigger task after both opening with 4-over 75 to be outside the top 100.
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