De Jonge (64) eyes maiden win at Zurich

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With an opening-round 64, Brendon de Jonge took a big step toward becoming the latest first-time winner at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

De Jonge carded eight birdies at TPC Louisiana, as the accurate ball-striker found 15 of 18 greens in regulation. At 8 under, he shares the early lead with Boo Weekley.

De Jonge is making his 225th PGA Tour start, and the Zimbabwean has racked up more than $10 million in on-course earnings since 2007. What he doesn't have, though, is a win, making de Jonge one of the more decorated players still looking to hoist a trophy for the first time. He has a pair of runner-up finishes, most recently in November when he lost in a playoff to Robert Streb at the McGladrey Classic.


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If the 34-year-old were to nab that elusive first title, New Orleans might just be the place. Seven of the last 10 Zurich champions made it their first win, including each of the last three winners: Jason Dufner (2012), Billy Horschel (2013) and Seung-Yul Noh (2014).

De Jonge is not the only winless player in contention in the Crescent City. Canadian David Hearn sits one shot back after a 7-under 65, while the quartet of players two shots back at 6 under have combined for zero wins to date: Daniel Berger, Erik Compton, Brian Davis and Mark Hubbard.