Ricky Barnes birdied six of the last eight holes Thursday at rain-softened TPC Louisiana to take a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic.
Barnes finished the opening round with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for an 8-under 64. Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover were a stroke back, and D.A. Points and Morgan Hoffmann shot 66.
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, opened with an even-par 72, highlighted by a 5-wood that he hit to a foot on the par-3 17th. He tied for 58th in the Masters after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National, and said Thursday that he will play in a U.S. Open qualifier in two weeks in Dallas.
LPGA: Rookie Caroline Masson shot a bogey-free 7-under 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Carlota Ciganda after the first round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout.
Inbee Park, the No. 1 women’s player in the world, was in a group at 67. Mason closed with a curling putt from about 18 feet on the ninth hole, her longest birdie putt of the day. Ciganda, from Spain, was the top rookie and top money winner on the European tour last year.Taylor Coleman, a 16-year-old high school sophomore from San Antonio, shot 68.
EUROPEAN PGA: France’s Jean-Baptiste Gonnet, Sweden’s Johan Edfors, Australia’s Kieran Pratt, South Korea’s Kim Gi-whan and England’s Matthew Baldwin shot 5-under 67 to share the lead in the suspended first round of the fog-delayed Ballantine’s Championship, in Seoul.
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen was a stroke back with two holes left when darkness forced the suspension of play on the Blackstone course. The tournament is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.