Friday, June 11, 2010
Lee Westwood took advantage of no wind and a rain-softened course to shoot a 7-under 63 Thursday that equaled his best PGA Tour round and gave him a one-stroke lead in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.
The world's No. 3-ranked player tuned up for the U.S. Open by tying the TPC Southwind course record for the back nine with a 29. That's where he had four of his five birdies and an eagle, and he birdied his 10th hole to reach 7 under before pars on the final eight holes.
Severe thunderstorms stopped play Thursday night before the round was suspended nearly an hour later with 20 golfers still to finish.
Casey Wittenberg shot a 64, and Padraig Harrington had a 65.
Defending champ Brian Gay opened with a 73 along with Jordan Spieth, the Texas teen who became the sixth-youngest player to make a PGA cut at the Byron Nelson last month.