GREENSBORO, N.C. — Russell Henley shot an 8-under 62, his lowest spherical in additional than two years, to take the lead Thursday within the suspended first spherical of the Wyndham Championship.
Henley birdied three of his remaining 4 holes for a 2-stroke lead over Sung Kang, Ted Potter Jr., Chris Kirk, Hudson Swafford, Scott Piercy and Michael Thompson within the PGA Tour’s remaining regular-season occasion. Adam Hadwin additionally was 6 below however had two holes left when darkness ended play.
A storm halted play for two hours, 7 minutes, with 22 gamers unable to complete.
Previous champion Webb Simpson and Kevin Kisner led a bunch of 10 one other stroke behind at 65 at Sedgefield Nation Membership, the place many opponents are scrambling to make it into high 125 to advance to the playoffs that begin subsequent week on the Northern Belief.
Henley, at No. 46 within the standings, had no worries in regards to the postseason however got here out quick with a bogey-free spherical in chasing his first PGA Tour victory in 4 years.
He moved in entrance with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 fifteenth earlier than closing with birdies on 17 and 18, the final with a 20-foot putt. He had together with his lowest spherical on the tour since a career-low 61 on the John Deere Basic in 2019.
Henley has performed some stable golf of late. He was tied for the 36-hole lead on the U.S. Open in June, then had two straight top-20 finishes earlier than lacking the minimize on the British Open. He returned this week, hoping he can carry his robust play to the top.
“I have never received in years, so I really feel like in addition to I have been enjoying, I really feel like I’ve underachieved just a little bit,” he mentioned.
“My mindset,” Henley continued, “is I really feel if I can play my recreation, play my regular recreation, then I can perhaps give myself an opportunity, and that is sort of the place I am at.”
There are a number of huge names competing to maintain their season’s alive. Adam Scott, who began at No. 121, and Matt Kuchar, at No. 124, each had robust begins at 66.
“I want to play effectively this week and get an opportunity to play subsequent week and hold getting my recreation into place,” Scott mentioned.
Rickie Fowler, who got here in at one hundred and thirtieth and needing a superb week, did not assist himself with a 71. Justin Rose, the Payne Stewart Award winner this week, has to complete within the high 10 to advance after coming in 138th. He opened with a 66, tied for nineteenth.
Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama was at 69, tied for 89th.
Olympic medalists Rory Sabbatini and C.T. Pan are also enjoying after the Tokyo Video games. Sabbatini, who took silver for Slovakia behind U.S. gold medal winner Xander Schauffele, began with a 66.
Pan, from Taiwan, received a seven-man playoff for the bronze. He shot a 68.
Louis Oosthuizen, the one top-10 participant within the FedEx standings entered, withdrew due to a neck harm.