Canonsburg, PA (Sports Network) - Zack Sucher shot 6-under-par 65 on Thursday
to grab the lead after the opening round of the Mylan Classic.
Sucher, who is making his 14th Web.com Tour start, mixed eight birdies and a
pair of bogeys at Southpointe Golf Club. He sits a stroke ahead of United
Leasing Championship winner Ben Martin, Guy Boros, Steve Wheatcroft, Billy
Hurley III, Chad Collins and Whee Kim, who all carded 66s.
Cliff Kresge, Franklin Corpening, Blayne Barber and Dustin Garza share eighth
place after opening-round 67s, while Vince Covello, Jeff Klauk, Kevin Kim,
Fernando Mechereffe, Brad Elder, I. J. Jang, Andy Pope and Peter Malnati are
tied for 12th at 3-under-par 68.
Sucher, who shared second at the South Georgia Classic in April, set the early
pace as part of the morning wave off the first tee.
The University of Alabama-Birmingham product opened with a birdie, but
promptly gave that shot back with a bogey at the par-4 second. He rebounded
with back-to-back birdies from the third, then bogeyed the fifth to fall back
Sucher steadied himself with three straight pars from the sixth and was
masterful from there.
The 26-year-old birdied five of his final 10 holes, beginning with a gain at
the par-4 ninth.
Around the turn, he alternated birdies and pars over his first five holes,
then reached 6-under with a gain at the par-4 17th. He parred the last to
remain there and his lead held through the remainder of Day 1.
Martin, who is making his first visit to Southpointe Golf Club, has posted
four top-6 finishes in his past five starts, including his playoff win at the
United Leasing Championship.
The 25-year-old Clemson University product opened with a pair of pars from the
10th tee before stumbling to a bogey at the 12th. He didn't drop a shot the
rest of the way, picking up three birdies during an outward 34.
He parred four in a row around the turn, then birdied the par-3 fifth to reach
minus-3. After two more pars, Martin closed with back-to-back birdies to end
one shot off Sucher's pace.
NOTES: Sucher's runner-up at the South Georgia Classic was his best finish on
the Web.com Tour this season ... Tour money leader Michael Putnam is tied for
116th place at 4-over-par 75. He has won twice this season (Mexico
Championship and Mid-Atlantic Championship) and can earn instant promotion to
the PGA Tour with a third win ... There are just four events remaining before
the top 25 on the regular-season money list receive PGA Tour cards, with the
top 75 earning spots in the finals ... The honorary chairman for this
tournament is golf legend Arnold Palmer, who grew up in Latrobe, Pa., and
still spends time in the area, where he owns and operates Latrobe Country
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