Joseph Bramlett shot a 3-under-par 67 on Thursday, a strong opening round at the Ellie Mae Classic in Hayward as he tries to move up the money list and chase down a spot on the PGA Tour next season.
That’s a staggering sentence, given Bramlett’s long and painful road the past five years.
Bramlett — who grew up in Saratoga, attended Stanford and now lives in San Jose — made only three Web.com Tour starts in a 4½-year span, from July 2013 through January 2018. He dealt with lingering and confounding back problems, often contemplating surgery but ultimately fighting through various stages of rehabilitation.
Bramlett, 30, entered the Ellie Mae Classic at No.