LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Sahith Theegala was clinging to a one-shot lead with two holes remaining yesterday when darkness halted play in the first round of the US PGA Tour Phoenix Open.
America’s Theegala was seven-under through 16 holes on the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course.
South Korea’s Lee Kyoung-hoon was the leader in the clubhouse after a six-under 65 that included five birdies and an eagle at the third hole – where he holed out from the left rough.
“Very nice (to) keep great momentum,” said Lee.
Theegala opened with a birdie at the 10th hole, then climbed quickly with four straight birdies from the 13th through the 16th – where he rolled in a 16-footer from the fringe to the delight of the massive crowd at the stadium-style hole.
He added birdies at the third and fourth, but in waning daylight was in a fairway bunker off the tee at the eighth.