In the end, Rickie Fowler’s 6 under didn’t hold up. It is, however, still good enough to leave him in a tie for third after the first round was suspended due to darkness. Only Roland Thatcher and Chris Stroud are ahead of Fowler and four others with Stroud at 10 under and three shots clear of his closest competitor.
Stroud was nearly perfect on a perfect day for scoring, though he was the only player to reach double figures under par on the Palm Course, where he had five birdies a side and took just 22 putts.
While Stroud is safely inside the top 125 on the money list (for now, anyway), Thatcher is not. He came into the week 179th and needs to win to secure his card for next season.
Fowler, meanwhile, is still looking for his first victory of the season after five top-10s, including a pair of runner-up finishes. He opened with a 66 here a year ago as well, but he shot 75 the next day and ultimately finished in a tie for 40th.