LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP)—David Toms and Colombia’s Camilo Villegas shot9-under 63 to top a leaderboard dotted with impressive scores in the openinground of the Humana Challenge on Thursday.
Ted Potter Jr., Sang-moon Bae and Brandt Snedeker were one stroke behind at8 under in postcard-perfect weather on the pro-am tournament’s three generousPalm Springs-area courses.
Villegas and Toms both played bogey-free golf at the erstwhile Bob HopeClassic, which acquired a new title sponsor and dropped one day of itstraditional five-round format this year.
Toms shook off an unimpressive start to his season in Hawaii with excellentplay alongside Phil Mickelson at the La Quinta Country Club, which features thetournament’s toughest course. Mickelson struggled to a 74.
Villegas made nine birdies in his season and tournament debuts.