LA QUINTA, California – Shane Bertsch opened with a 10-under 62 at the Hope Classic for a two-stroke lead over Alex Prugh and Jeff Quinney.
Bertsch was the last player to register for the five-day, four-course tournament because of travel delays from Hawaii. He still posted the best round of his PGA Tour career Wednesday, making 10 birdies without a bogey even while helping line up putts for his pro-am playing partners under intermittent rain and wind.
Prugh, Quinney and Bertsch all played the idiosyncratic Nicklaus Private course, which Bertsch hadn’t visited since qualifying school.
J.P. Hayes, George McNeill, Joe Ogilvie and Garrett Willis were three strokes back.