Play was suspended twice within the afternoon due to rain and lightning, with 30 gamers unable to complete earlier than darkish.
After dropping a stroke on the par-4 18th to complete his opening 9, Stuard birdied 5 of the following six holes within the morning spherical at Keene Hint.
“I felt like my iron play was good right this moment,” Stuard mentioned. “I did not assume I drove it effectively, however there’s not numerous tough so you possibly can type of assault from wherever, so that is what I used to be capable of do.”
Patrick Rodgers, Stephen Stallings Jr. and Will Grimmer additionally have been 7 beneath when darkness stopped play. Rodgers and Stallings had two holes left, and Grimmer three. Play was delayed for a complete of two hours, 35 minutes within the afternoon.
Stuard gained the rain-shortened Zurich Basic of New Orleans in 2016 for his lone PGA Tour title. The 38-year-old Michigan participant tied for eighth final week in Illinois within the John Deere Basic.
“It was begin, however in all honesty, it would not actually imply a lot,” Stuard mentioned. “I would like three extra good rounds to place myself in competition, I suppose. It is good to begin off effectively. I would like three extra, so simply obtained to maintain going.”
Checklist birdied the par-4 seventeenth after the second rain delay to affix Stuard at 8 beneath, then drove into the right-side water on the par-4 18th and closed with a bogey.
“Lengthy day,” Checklist mentioned. “There’s birdies to be made on this golf course, so I type of knew that I needed to be aggressive on the market and I used to be lucky to have the ability to make some birdies and one eagle. Had a number of bogeys, however total I performed effectively.”
Bramlett eagled the par-5 fifth and eighth holes and in addition had a double bogey.
“I’ve gotten just a little bit extra velocity this yr, which has helped, so the par 5s are just a little bit extra shorter for me,” Bramlett mentioned. “I had an 8-iron in on one, 7-iron in on the opposite and I hit some actually good iron photographs, so gave myself attractiveness and knocked them in.”
Defending champion Jim Herman opened with a 67. He gained in 2019, and the occasion was canceled final yr.
Jason Dufner additionally shot 67.
Wilco Nienaber, the big-hitting South African who acquired a overseas exemption to play, was 3 beneath with three holes left.
John Daly had two double bogeys in a 76.