Seven Lead Rain-Plagued Ozarks Open


Seven golfers share the lead of the Buy.Com Ozarks Open at 7-under par as play was suspended due to darkness late Thursday.
Jamie Rogers, Mike Grob, Todd Barranger, Sung Man Lee, Omar Uresti, Brenden Pappas and Steve Runge are in the clubhouse with 65s as play was halted for over three hours in the first round because of heavy rain, which left almost a half an inch of rain on Highland Springs Country Club.
Due to the delays, 34 players will return to the course at 8:15 a.m. ET Friday morning to complete their first rounds.
If the seven players remain tied after the first round in completed, that would match the Buy.Com Tour record for most tied for the 18-hole lead.
Rogers was the first in the clubhouse at 7-under and he used a hot streak on the back nine to get up the leaderboard. He birdied the first three holes on his second nine and then chipped in for birdie at the par-4 14th.
He ran home a 12-foot birdie at No. 16 and closed out with another chip-in birdie at the closing hole.
'The conditions out there are ideal,' said Rogers. It's just how the greens hold up. They are getting softer.'
Grob posted one birdie on his front nine but scored four birdies in his first five holes on the back nine. He bogeyed his 15th hole but closed out three more birdies, all from outside of 12 feet.
'I haven't played well in a while so that made it a little tough,' said Grob. 'It's really nice to be done now. It's hard to split your round between two days.'
Barranger had only an 8-iron into the green at the par-5 18th and set up an eight-foot eagle to join the logjam at the top.
Lee made two late birdies at 14 and 15 to card his 65.
Uresti and Pappas were flawless on Thursday with seven birdies and no bogeys.
Runge birdied three out his last four holes in his first round to become the last player to join the pack in first.
Don Reese, Jeff Sanday, Patrick Sheehan, Steve Haskins, Heath Slocum, Matt Peterson, Shane Bertsch and Jason Dufner completed their first rounds and are tied for eighth at 6-under with Iain Steel, who made it through 16 holes.
Full-field scores from the Buy.Com Ozarks Open