Sergio co-leads Nelson; DJ, Spieth one back


Sergio Garcia fired a first-round 7-under 63 Thursday and shares the early lead at the AT&T Byron Nelson with Danny Lee and Johnson Wagner. Here's what happened on Day 1 at the TPC Four Seasons, where play was finally halted under cover of darkness.

Leaderboard: Garcia (-7), Lee (-7), Wagner (-7), Dustin Johnson (-6), Jordan Spieth (-6), Freddie Jacobsen (-6), Tom Hoge (-6 thru 14)

What it means: Garcia is seeking his ninth PGA Tour title, his first since the 2012 Wyndham and just his second since the 2008 Players. He's been a runner-up six times, including once earlier this year at the Honda, since his last win. Lee made a name for himself last summer with a string of hot play that included his first Tour win at The Greenbrier. Wagner, like Garcia, hasn't won since 2012; he most recently contended in a playoff loss at last year's Shell Houston Open. In the group just one back, Johnson is seeking to extend his Tour-longest streak for most consecutive seasons (eight) with a win. And, of course, Spieth is looking to make up for his Masters collapse, pick up his first win since the Tournament of Champions, and cut into No. 1 Jason Day's lead atop the world rankings.

Round of the day: Garcia played his opening nine (the back side at TPC Four Seasons) with eight pars and a birdie before exploding with four more circles and an eagle for a second-nine 29. All three players - Garcia, Lee and Wagner - were bogey-free.

Best of the rest: Johnson made five birdies and an eagle and dropped just a single shot. Spieth poured in seven birdies with a lone bogey, as did Jacobsen. Hoge has four more holes to finish when play resumes Friday morning.

Biggest disappointment: Following his tie for third last week at The Players, Ken Duke posted a birdie-free 7-over 77, the third-worst score of the day. 

Shot of the day: Johnson had just 101 yards to pin for his second shot at the 431-yard, par-4 fourth and the ball finished up exactly 101 yards away for an eagle-2:

Quote of the day: “They have the right for their own rules and the Open Championship is going with a sign of the times. I can't say they're wrong and we're right. I'd love to play there as a competitor, I'd love to play the tournament at the golf course because it's one of the best links courses in the world but we're in a situation and it will be missed.” - Ernie Els on Muirfield's decision not to admit female members and the R&A's decision to remove Muirfield from the Open rota