Stuard fires up 64, leads Zurich Classic

Stuard fires up 64, leads Zurich Classic
Stuard tees off during the first round of the Zurich Classic.

Avondale - The 33-year-old golfer had only 21 putts in his bogey-free round



By AP

Published: Fri 29 Apr 2016, 10:16 PM

Last updated: Sat 30 Apr 2016, 12:55 AM

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.
"It was just one of those days where it seemed like I was really reading the putts well, and luckily they were going in," Stuard said.
"I picked this putter up last week in San Antonio and had a good feel for it. I putted well last week and it continued over to today."
None of the afternoon starters were able to finish before darkness suspended play.
Top-ranked Jason Day bogeyed his final two holes after the delay for 69.
"It's just the waiting part," Day said. "Obviously, the weather hovering above us just wouldn't go away. It had just been a very long wait, and you just want to get in and finish. I had two holes left. Yeah, I mean, clearly a little frustrated, but looking forward to tomorrow."
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 US Open champion.
JJ Henry, Geoff Ogilvy, Derek Ernst, Charles Howell III and Patrick Rodgers shot 67, and Rickie Fowler topped the group at 68.
Stuard is winless on the PGA Tour. He's making only his seventh start of the season. "I haven't been able to get in too many tournaments," Stuard said.


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