Two of the hottest golfers on the PGA Tour, David Toms and Geoff Ogilvy, carded five-under-par 67s and are tied for the lead after the first round of the Honda Classic, which was suspended due to darkness with three players still to finish.
Toms, who has three top-10s this season and won the Sony Open, was level par after his first nine holes and got hot coming in with a run of five consecutive birdies. In five events this season, Toms has finished no worse than 19th.
The World Match Play champion from Australia, Ogilvy had a wild round in the windy conditions at Mirasol, carding a bogey, double-bogey, three birdies, an eagle and a double-eagle at the par-five sixth.
Joining Toms and Ogilvy in a share of the lead are Swede Mathias Gronberg and Japan’s Ryuji Imada.
Gronberg, who has missed 39 cuts in 70 events, fired six birdies and just one bogey. A five-year veteran of the Nationwide Tour, Imada had six birdies, an eagle and three bogeys.
Defending champion Padraig Harrington shot a one-under 71 to stay in the hunt.
Last year, Harrington closed with a nine-under 63 – the lowest closing round by a winner in the history of the tournament – for his first PGA Tour victory. He erased a seven-stroke deficit for the largest come-from-behind win in Honda Classic history.
A native of Ireland, Harrington is playing in just his third PGA event of the season. He finished fifth at the Match Play and tied for 26th last week at Doral.
This is the last year the event is being played at the Country Club at Mirasol’s Sunrise Course. The tournament will move to PGA National Resort & Spa’s Champion Course next season.