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Varner, Hoge, Sloan card 62s for Wyndham lead

Field Level Media
14 Aug 2020, 08:40 GMT+10

The unlikely trio of Harold Varner III, Tom Hoge and Canadian Roger Sloan were the clubhouse leaders at 8-under 62 at the midway point of the opening round of the Wyndham Championship on Thursday at Greensboro, N.C.

Although the three golfers have never won a PGA Tour event, each is certainly off to a good start after one trip around Sedgefield Country Club.

The first round was later suspended due to inclement weather.

Varner recorded eight birdies during a bogey-free round, Hoge carded one eagle, seven birdies and one bogey, and Sloan made nine birdies and one bogey.

Harris English is two shots back after a 6-under 64 that consisted of seven birdies and one bogey.

Varner and Sloan's rounds were career bests while Hoge matched his top effort.

Varner, who turns 30 on Saturday, had four birdies on both the front and back nine.

"I hit it really well, just capitalized on the chances I got," Varner told reporters after the round. "I had a lot of looks and that's all you're trying to do out here since you've got to shoot so low."

Hoge carded five birdies during a six-hole stretch on the front nine. He had two more on the back side where his eagle on the par-5, 15th hole was the highlight as he reached the green in two shots and then knocked in a 14-foot putt.

The 31-year-old Hoge had his lone blemish with a bogey on the par-4, 18th hole.

"I feel like I found that form again that I had before the coronavirus hit," Hoge said during a television interview. "It's been a rough two months until this point. I'm ready to play some golf again."

The 33-year-old Sloan registered birdies on six of the first eight holes but he bogeyed No. 9. He made three more birdies on the back nine, including at 16 and 17.

"It was kind of my putter," Sloan said. "I just the ball in great spots and was able to fill it up today. I'm really cherishing today's round because it was a big cup."

Among other early finishers, Patrick Reed finished with a 65, Webb Simpson shot 66, Spain's Sergio Garcia posted a 67, Jordan Spieth shot 70, Brooks Koepka struggled to a 2-over 72 and England's Justin Rose shot 73.

"I definitely came out flat," a disappointed Koepka said in a television interview. "But I got to play. There's no other option."

--Field Level Media

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