Stadler early leader as rain halts PGA playoff opener
Kevin Stadler teed off just after breakfast and finished right before dinner. It took him nearly 11 hours to complete a 7-under-par 64 at Liberty National, his lowest score on the PGA Tour since the first week of February. And he still isn’t guaranteed to be the first-round leader at The Barcl
The Associated Press
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Kevin Stadler teed off just after breakfast and finished right before dinner. It took him nearly 11 hours to complete a 7-under-par 64 at Liberty National, his lowest score on the PGA Tour since the first week of February. And he still isn’t guaranteed to be the first-round leader at The Barclays.
The FedEx Cup playoffs got off to a soggy start Thursday with two rain delays that lasted six hours.
It was a start-again, stop-again day on the bank of the Hudson River, but that didn’t stop Stadler. He ran off three birdies early, then returned from the second delay and threw in four more birdies on a soft golf course.
Asked if it was difficult to stay mentally prepared, Stadler replied, “I’m never really mentally prepared. Same as usual. It was all good.”
Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world and in this playoff series, came out of the first delay by missing a short birdie putt on the par-5 13th and then rolling in three straight birdies to get into the mix. He cooled slightly after the slightly longer second delay, and failed to make birdie on any of the par 5s in his round of 67.
Woods didn’t mind the long day. He was more concerned about the next long day on the horizon.
Only the top half of the draw finished the round. The later starters — Ben Crane played only two holes — were to resume the round Friday morning and then go straight to the second round. That left the top half facing extra holes on Saturday to get the tournament caught up.
“We’re done,” Woods said. “It was a long day, and tomorrow will be a short one. And then Saturday will be pretty much a marathon.”
British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott were among those who didn’t finish. PGA champion Jason Dufner had a 71, while U.S. Open champion Justin Rose recovered from a double bogey on the par-5 13th for a 68.
Camilo Villegas, who started the season with conditional status and is No. 110 in the FedEx Cup standings, ran off four straight birdies around the turn and was the only player to reach 8 under — for now — until back-to-back bogeys late in his round. He had a 65, along with Henrik Stenson and Ryan Palmer.
“Three breakfasts, three warmups, two lunches and a bunch of birdies, which is good,” Villegas said.
Jason Day and Matt Kuchar shot 66s. Day made two bogeys that kept a good round from getting away from him.
Ryan Moore of Puyallup was 2 under through seven holes. Kyle Stanley from Gig Harbor shot a 1-under 70. Former Husky Richard H. Lee shot a 75.
• Lydia Ko shot a 5-under 65 in perfect conditions at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, Alberta, for a share of the first-round lead with Angela Stanford and the Netherland’s Christel Boeljonis at the Canadian Women’s Open. Ko was the winner last year at Vancouver Golf Club at an LPGA Tour-record age of 15 years, 4 months.
U.S. Solheim Cup teammates Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr shot 66s.
Washington resident Wendy Ward shot a 70. Former Husky Paige Mackenzie had a 72.
• Bernd Weisberger of Austria and Ricardo Gonzalez of Argentina took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions to shoot 7-under 65s and share a one-shot lead after the first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship in Gleneagles, Scotland.