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November 7 2013

1:53 PM

Gay: From China to share of lead

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Gay made eight birdies and just one bogey in the opening round at Sea Island.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Brian Gay was about to tee off Thursday morning at The McGladrey Classic when play was suspended due to fog.

The timing couldn't have been better.

"I was super tired," said Gay, who flew 15 hours from last week's tournament in China on Sunday to be here.

The delay at Sea Island lasted nearly two hours and Gay took full advantage, finding a chair in the locker room to take a nap.

"I felt pretty good when I teed off," he said. "I felt like I had more energy."

It showed.

Gay made eight birdies and just one bogey en route to a 63 and a share of the first-round lead.

He took just 24 putts and it was his best score since February.

Gay is also just one of three players -- Boo Weekley and Scott Piercy are the others -- in this week's field who also played in last week's World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

"It's three hours from home and I like the golf course," said Gay, who lives in Orlando. "I just figure I'm going to grind it out for four weeks and then I'll have six weeks off before Hawaii, see if I can get something going."

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