A glance at Thursday’s first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at the 7,341-yard, par-72 TPC Louisiana:
LEADING: Unheralded Ben Martin set the course record with a bogey-free 10-under 62 (30-32), carding birdies at Nos. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11,13 and 17.
LURKING: Andrew Svoboda (64), Peter Hanson (65) and Seung-Yui Noh (65) are within striking distance after the first round. Three more players stand at 66, including former Tulane standout Michael Thompson.
SHOT OF THE DAY: Hanson holed out from 183 yards for eagle-2 with a 6-iron on No. 6, a 456-yard, par 4, en route to an opening-round 65. It is the same 6-iron he used to score his 9th hole-in-one last week during a practice round at Lake Nona G&C in Orlando, Fla.
KEY STAT: Martin eclipsed the previous course record by two shots. Playing in the morning wave, Svoboda joined eight others at 64, including Billy Horschel (2013), Ricky Barnes (2013), Greg Chalmers (2012), Russell Knox (2012), Ryan Palmer (2012), Dean Wilson (2011), Troy Matteson (2009) and Kyle Reifers (2007).
HOMETOWN HEROES: Eight players with Louisiana ties and their first-round scores — David Toms (73), John Peterson (76), Andrew Loupe (71), Ken Looper (71), Patrick Reed (74), Neal Ajubita (79), Michael Thompson (66) and Heath Slocum (74).
QUOTEWORTHY: “I’ve got a lot of great memories here going to school here ... a few friends have stuck around, so it’s kind of nice to kind of reconnect with the city where I’ve spent three years.’’
—Thompson, who played at Tulane prior to Hurricane Katrina and later transferred at Alabama, where he earned SEC Player of the Year honors in 2008.
TV: Golf Channel, 2-5 p.m.