While sitting among the leaders, Canadian Roger Sloan made a triple buggy late on Thursday at La Quinta, Calif., To wrap up the first round of the American Express PGA Tour at 39e rank.
The Albertan posted a -6 output and was just one header away from reaching the eighth and penultimate hole. He then got out of the race for the top by playing six shots on a par 3. Sloan handed in a 69 (-3) card late in the day, during which he also landed an eagle and four birdies. .
American Brandon Hagy grabbed the lead with eight par 72 shots on the Nicklaus Tournament Course, the same course Sloan did. Hagy had no less than 10 birdies, including four on the last six holes. The American also committed two bogeys during this first round.
He is just one stroke ahead of South Korean Byeong Hun An, who had seven birdies in the Nicklaus Tournament Course. His compatriot Si Woo Kim, who started on the Stadium Course, is third after finishing with a score of 66 (-6). He is tied with Scottish Martin Laird and American Max Homa.
Good start for Hearn and Taylor
Among the other Canadians in contention, David Hearn and Nick Taylor both had a score of 68 (-4), good for the 15e rank. Hearn finished his run with two birdies to come close to four shots from the head. As for Taylor, he particularly distinguished himself on the nine to go by hitting five birdies in six holes. On the back nine, he recorded another birdie, but also his second buggy of the day.
For his part, Michael Gligic points to 91e rank after taking out a normal shot in that initial round. Adam Hadwin meanwhile played par of 72, relegating him to 103e rank.
Reigning tournament champion, American Andrew Landry signed a 70 (-2) card and is currently at 61e rank.