AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Brian Stuard shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to top the leaderboard in the suspended first round of the Zurich Classic.
The 33-year-old Stuard had only 21 putts in his bogey-free round at TPC Louisiana, finishing his final hole after a rain delay of nearly five hours. He’s winless on the PGA Tour.
None of the afternoon starters were able to finish before darkness suspended play.
Top-ranked Jason Day bogeyed his final two holes for a 69. The Australian is the first No. 1 player to play in the event since David Duval in 1999.
Retief Goosen was second after a 65. The 47-year-old South African is a two-time U.S. Open champion.
J.J. Henry, Geoff Ogilvy, Derek Ernst, Charles Howell III and Patrick Rodgers shot 67, and Rickie Fowler topped the group at 68.
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA TEXAS SHOOTOUT
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Mi Jung Hur topped the South Korean-dominated leaderboard in the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, opening with a 5-under 66 in breezy conditions.
Based in the area in McKinney, Hur made five straight birdies on the 15th to the first hole. The two-time LPGA Tour winner bogeyed the par-4 fifth and rebounded with a birdie on the par-4 eighth.
South Korean players held six of the top eight positions. So Yeon Ryu and Eun-Hee Ji were tied for second with American Gerina Piller at 67, and Sei Young Kim, Amy Yang, Jenny Shin and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew shot 68. Piller lives in nearby Plano.
Brooke Henderson had a 69. The 18-year-old Canadian has eight straight top-10 finishes.
BEIJING (AP) — South Africa’s Hennie Otto had an eagle and seven birdies in a 9-under 63 to take the first-ropund lead in the China Open.
Australia’s Bernd Wiesberger was second after a 65 at Topwin Golf and Country Club. The event is sanctioned by the European and OneAsia tours.