John O'Leary, Ben Pettitt and Adam Short share second place at 3-under-par 68. Rob Johnson, Kyle Kovacs, Chris Locker, David Mathis, Iain Steel, Chris Wisler, Richard Woodson and Erik Compton are one stroke further back at minus-2.
Play was suspended due to darkness with 12 players remaining on the course. Those players will return to the course at 10:15 a.m. (et) to complete their first round. The second round will begin as scheduled at the same time.
Taylor began on the back side of Whitney Oaks Golf Course with birdies at the 10th and 12th. He later birdied the 16th and 18th to make the turn at minus- four.
On the front side, Taylor stumbled to a bogey at the second. He bounced right back with an eagle at the next, but tripped to a bogey on No. 6 as his lead fell to one shot.
Stuart Anderson, Rob Labritz, Steve Marino, Alex Rocha and Dan Swanson stand at 1-under-par 70. Bryan Conway, David Hearn, Craig Kanada, Shawn Kelly, Brad Sutterfield, Stephen Woodard and Bryan Wright are one stroke further back at even-par 71.
The Golf Channel's Big Break winner, Justin Peters, struggled early with two bogeys and a double bogey before stringing together several pars between a pair of birdies. A couple of late bogeys left Peters with a 5-over-par 76 and in a tie for 96th.
Another Big Break contestant, Anthony Sorentino, who is in the field on a sponsor's exemption, also stumbled out of the gate going 4 over in just his first six holes before play was suspended. Sorentino finished runner-up to Peters in the show's inaugural season.
Editor's Note: Information from the Sports Network was used in this article.