LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Brian Stuard had a chance to do something Saturday that only five other people had done on the PGA TOUR.
Instead, he "settled" for a career-low 62 Saturday that left him in a tie for eighth at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. Stuard finds himself six strokes off the pace as he chases what would be his first TOUR win.
Stuard, who was playing the Nicklaus Private course, made the turn in 31 after making three birdies, an eagle and a bogey over the final six holes on the front nine.
He added birdies at Nos. 10 and 11, parred the 12th and then added two more birdies to get to 9 under for the day. An eagle at the 16th hole then put Stuard in position for the 59 but he was unable to birdie the par-3 17th and bogeyed No. 18.
There’s still some golf left in the opening round of the RBC Canadian Open – remember, players went off the first and ninth tees today – and there might be a new leader soon, too. Brian Stuard and Brent Delahoussaye are each at 6 under with two and three holes remaining in their respective rounds. That has them tied with current clubhouse leader Vance Veazey.
Stuard has missed just one fairway an two greens in regulation all day. He’s also taken just 25 putts in what’s been a bogey-free day with four birdies and an eagle.
Delahoussaye, meanwhile, has also missed just one fairway and three greens in regulation. He also has five birdies and an eagle with just one bogey so far. -- Brian Wacker