More than 29-1/2 hours after it began, the rain-soaked, mud-splashed first round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans is finally in the books.
Thursday’s first round was cut in half by a five-hour weather delay, leaving 78 players to complete their first rounds Friday.
When it was done Friday morning, Jhonattan Vegas tied journeyman Brian Stuard for the lead at 8-under par 64. They were a stroke ahead of two-time U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen.
Vegas immediately went back out and started his second round with a birdie on the par-4 10th but double bogeyed the par-5 11th to fall back to 7 under. Stuard wasn’t scheduled to start until 4:20 p.m, Goosen at 5 p.m.
World No. 1 Jason Day shot a first-round 69 and was scheduled to begin his second at 4:40 p.m.
Former LSU golfer David Toms, among the half of the field who had to complete their first rounds Friday morning. Toms got to 6 under before settling to finish at 4 under, one stroke ahead of former LSU and Episcopal golfer Andrew Loupe.
Another former LSU golfer, Smylie Kaufman, also shot a 68 but drove out of bounds on No. 10 to start his second round. Kaufman was 4 over on his first five holes of the second round.
TV coverage begins at 2 p.m. on the Golf Channel.