Daily Wrap-up: Thursday, True South ClassicJuly 19, 2012
Staff and wire reports
MADISON, Miss. -- Jason Bohn shot an 8-under 64 to take an early lead at the PGA TOUR's True South Classic before heavy rain halted play on Thursday.
Luke Guthrie, in just his third professional tournament, opened with a 65. He finished last week's John Deere Classic tied for fifth.
After a week of rain, Annandale Golf Club's fairways were soft with areas of standing water. Players were allowed to lift, clean and place balls in the fairway, helping scores stay low.
"There was very little roll (in the fairways), but that makes the fairways wider," Bohn said. "You can play more aggressively off the tee -- use drivers where you might use a 3-wood."
With many of the big names playing in the British Open this week, an unfamiliar collection of players was at the top of the leaderboard. J.J. Killeen, Steve Lowery, Ryuji Imada, Jason Gore and Willie Wood shared a tie for third, two shots behind Bohn.
Killeen and Gore have yet to win on the TOUR, while both Lowery and Wood have won at Annandale.
Guthrie has had some early success on TOUR, starting his career with a top-20 finish at the FedEx St. Jude Classic before another impressive showing at the John Deere.
"I've got some good momentum going," Guthrie said. "I hit some solid putts."
Bohn's good start gives him some encouragement that his recent slump could be coming to an end.
Shot of the Day: Cauley
Bud Cauley holes a birdie chip shot on the par-3 8th hole.
"I kept telling myself I'm going to play some good rounds," Bohn said. "I've just got to take the bad rounds that I play and make them not so bad."
Bohn didn't make many mistakes on Thursday, though he did lose his grip on a drive at No. 18, leaving a difficult shot out of a fairway bunker. He recovered for a birdie.
"The one difficult thing we don't really play too much in the humidity," Bohn said. "The warm weather certainly presented itself today. It's tough to keep your hands dry."
Other than wet hands, Bohn didn't have many complaints. The soft and muddy course was usually forgiving.
"There's no wind, and the greens are very receptive," he said. "The greens are perfect. They're some of the best greens we play on the PGA TOUR. ... You've kind of got to take advantage of it."
About the leader • Jason Bohn, who finished 150th on the 2011 PGA TOUR money list, has missed his last three cuts on TOUR. Since winning the 2010 Zurich Classic of New Orleans his only top 10 was a T9 in May at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, a span of 51 events. • Bohn's 64 is his best round of the year by two strokes. Today's 64 is Bohn's 10th round in the 60s in 56 total rounds on TOUR this season. • Bohn is making his fifth start at the True South Classic. His best finish is T23 in 2010. His previous low score at Annandale was a 67, which he shot in 2006 and 2010.
Officials expect the first round will resume Friday morning with the second round to follow.