NAPA, United States (AFP) – South Korea’s Bae Sang-Moon fired seven birdies with one bogey in a six-under 66 on Thursday to join American Andres Gonzales atop the US PGA Tour Frys.com Open.
In the first event of the US tour’s 2014-15 season, Bae and Gonzales topped a tightly packed leaderboard. They were one shot in front of Scotland’s Martin Laird, who had five birdies with no bogeys in his five-under par 66 at the Silverado Resort’s North Course.
Gonzales, starting his third year on the PGA Tour, has just one top-10 finish in 44 career starts. He has won on the Web.com developmental tour, and believes he has the game to succeed on the PGA Tour.
Bae, owner of one PGA Tour title, birdied his last three holes – and four of his last five – to grab his share of the lead in the afternoon.