NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Brian Stuard shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead within the suspended first spherical of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.
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.