NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (AP) – J.T. Poston shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship.
Poston birdied six of the first eight holes at rain-softened Keene Trace, bogeyed the par-3 ninth and added five more birdies on the back nine for his lowest score on the PGA Tour.
Winless on the tour, the 26-year-old former Western Carolina player closed with a 27-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th.
Nick Taylor was a stroke back. The Canadian had an eagle and seven birdies in a bogey-free round.
Wes Roach opened with a 64.
John Daly shot a 71, following a triple bogey on the par-4 fourth with an eagle on the par-5 fifth. Fighting osteoarthritis in his right knee, Daly was denied a cart by the R&A for the British Open, but has been approved for a cart at PGA Tour events until the end of the year. This is his first PGA Tour event since he was approved for a cart last fall.
Former Lyon County High School standout Cullan Brown is playing in his first PGA Tour event this week on a sponsor’s exemption. The University of Kentucky sophomore had three birdies and three bogeys en route to an opening round 72.
Paducah native Case Cochran is at 1-under after he shot a 71 on Thursday.
Former Ohio Valley Conference champion and UT Martin Skyhawk Hunter Richardson is at +3 after his opening round 75.
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