Daily Wrap-up: Zurich Classic, Round 1text sizeApril 25, 2013
AVONDALE, La. -- New father Ricky Barnes birdied six of the last eight holes at rain-softened TPC Louisiana on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Barnes finished the opening round with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for an 8-under 64. Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover were a stroke back, and D.A. Points and Morgan Hoffmann shot 66.
"Today it was nice because it was a pretty stress-free round," said Barnes, who did not arrive in New Orleans until late Wednesday afternoon after the birth of his daughter Monday night. "I only had to chip once in 18 holes so that's nice."
In the first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, Billy Horschel chips it close on the seventh hole.
AVONDALE, La. -- Chinese teenage sensation Guan Tianlang announced Thursday that he plans to play in a U.S. Open qualifier in the Dallas area in two weeks. In the meantime, he is focused on making the cut at this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
The 14-year-old amateur posted even-par 72 in Thursday's opening round played in favorable conditions at TPC Louisiana, leaving him tied for 85th. He’ll likely have to shoot a red number Friday to make the cut at the 7,341-yard Pete Dye layout. Full story
"I came here last year to practice here. I'm happy to
come back this year, and I appreciate that people start
coming here watching me and rooting for me."
-- 14-year-old Guan Tianlang after recording an
even-par 72 at TPC Louisiana
"We picked up some guys there at the turn. 7:30 a.m.,
you don't get too many people out here watching golf."
-- Jason Dufner on his growing galleries
"I was teasing my caddy we get on 10 fairway, and I
said I probably shouldn't tell you this, but I had nine
putts on the front nine. He goes great, way to go. And
then I one‑putted 10 and 11. Then he goes well now
you have 11 putts in 11 holes."
-- D.A. Points, who enters the second round in a tie for
fourth after a 6-under 66
Amanda Balionis and Will Haskett with SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio preview Round 2 of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
2 -- Cuts that D.A. Points has made in previous six starts at Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Points is tied for fourth at 6 under entering the second round
7 -- Players who hold the course record (64) at TPC Louisiana: Ricky Barnes (2013), Greg Chalmers (2012), Russell Knox (2012), Ryan Palmer (2012), Dean Wilson (2011), Troy Matteson (2009) and Kyle Reifers (2007)
71.333 -- Thursday's scoring average at TPC Louisiana, a par 72
72 -- Score of 14-year-old Guan Tianlang, who is tied for 85th at even par
363 -- Yards of the longest drive on Thursday, which went to Ken Looper on the 12th. Looper made bogey on the 492-yard par 4
AVONDALE, La. -- One of the featured groups failed to take advantage of a vulnerable golf course Thursday morning in the opening round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.
Greeted by soft greens and a slight north wind, the golf gods seemed to be smiling down on two past champions - Bubba Watson (2011) and Nick Watney (2007) -- and defending champion Jason Dufner. But none came close to matching Ricky Barnes' course-record tying 8-under 64 at rain-soaked TPC Louisiana.
Watney led the threesome with a 3-under 69, one better than Dufner (70) and four better than Watson (73).
Watney got an early start to his 32nd birthday, waking up to darkness to work out the kinks before teeing off No. 10 at 8:30 a.m. ET. More