David Hearn, Michael Thompson and Mark Hubbard are in the clubhouse with 7-under 64s at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin, while one more, Tyler Aldridge, will have to finish his round in the morning. Here’s how things opened up Thursday in Las Vegas, where Round 1 was suspended because of darkness.
Leaderboard: Hearn (-7), Thompson (-7), Hubbard (-7), Aldridge (-7 through 16)
What it means: Of the four tied at the top, only Thompson has previously won a PGA Tour event, taking the 2013 Honda Classic. Hearn, however, has two previous top-10s at TPC Summerlin, including a T-7 last year. Hubbard, who missed the Shirners cut last year as a rookie, is in the field as an alternate. Aldridge is a Web.com graduate playing on Tour for the first time since 2009.
Round of the day: Hearn hit 17 of 18 greens, and made eight birdies against a lone bogey at the par-3 17th, the only putting surface he missed. Thompson carded seven circles and balanced a double bogey at 11 with an eagle at 16. Hubbard got as low as 8 under before making a bogey at 17, his lone dropped shot of the day. All three played in the morning wave. Aldridge, separately, birdied his final hole of the day, the par-4 seventh, to reach 7 under before play was halted.
Best of the rest: Ten players – Patrick Rodgers, Chad Campbell, Ricky Barnes, D.H. Lee, Ryo Ishikawa, Greg Owen, Steve Bertsch, Ryan Palmer, Brendon Todd and Patton Kizzire – are just one back after rounds of 65. Rodgers, a first-year member on Tour after earning special temporary status last year, is coming off a T-6 finish at the Frys.com. One more at minus-6, Henrik Norlander, has two holes to finish tomorrow.
Biggest disappointment: In his first round of the new season, Rickie Fowler turned in 1-over 72. A dip in the water and double bogey at the par-3 17th erased a 2-under-par start, and a 1-over 36 on his second nine left him on the wrong side of par. This was the first time in nine rounds at TPC Summerlin he failed to finish in red numbers.
Shot of the day: Adam Hadwin’s bump into the hill at the 292-yard par-4 15th trundled onto the putting surface and into the bottom of the cup for an eagle-2:
Quote of the day: “The golf course is one of my faves." – Jimmy Walker, who shot 5 under par, and then said “faves”
Storyline to watch Friday: Fowler was one of only 31 players in the 144-man field who failed to shoot par or better. He has some work to do if he wants to avoid leaving Las Vegas early. Other notable names over par on Thursday: Keegan Bradley, Brooks Koepka, and last week's winner Emiliano Grillo.