June 24 2011
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
CROMWELL, Conn. -- With rain having wiped out most of play Thursday, players were back on the tee Friday at 7 a.m. to resume the opening round. Ryan Moore and Andres Romero took advantage of the soft conditions with each finishing off rounds of 64 to take the early lead at TPC River Highlands.
Moore closed out his round with a pair of birdies on Nos. 17 and 18, hitting both approach shots inside 9 feet. In all, Moore, who tied for 13th here a year ago with a final-round 66, had five birdies, an eagle and just one birdie.
“I generally have not come out of rain delays or come out early in the morning and finished up rounds very well,” Moore said. “I’m going to go home and take a nap right now.”
Romero, meanwhile, birdied two of his final three holes, Nos. 7 and 8 (he started on the back). The Argentinian did most of his damage on the back nine at TPC River Highlands, however, with six birdies and one bogey to make the turn in 30 on Thursday. He bogeyed his first hole Friday -- No. 4 -- but rolled in putts from 13 and 17 feet, respectively, on the seventh and eighth.
Romero didn’t qualify for last week’s U.S. Open so he instead traveled to Argentina to play in an event there and finished second.
“I went to play there just to e in rhythm,” he said.