Harold Varner III grabs Wyndham lead with career low-tying 62

Ruben Hill
August 14, 2020

Harold Varner III and Tom Hoge both flirted with magical 59s as they claimed a share of the first round lead at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina.

The American carded five birdies in six holes in an outward 30 and picked up another at the 11th, although he parred the next three holes before getting back on track with a brilliant eagle at the 15th following a delightful 230-yard approach to 13 feet.

Varner said he's never shot 59 before - never even had an opportunity on the last while playing with friends - but said a 62 Thursday "will do".

"It's nice to get in your vehicle, you don't really have to do too much, I can go home tonight".

"I wish I would have thought about it, just to get some more goosebumps", he said. I don't care if I don't ever win.

Having finished tied for 29th at the US PGA Championship, Varner produced a bogey-free opening round that featured eight birdies.

"Had a chance to birdie every hole on the front nine. It's been a rough couple of months, but I found the game I had before the Coronavirus".

Canadian Sloan was hot out of the gate with birdies on six of his first eight holes thanks to some stellar putting.

Sloan, needing a big week to qualify for the FexExCup PLay-Offs, responded with a birdie at 10 and broke a run of five pars with further birdies at 16 and 17, although he narrowly failed to get another putt to drop from 15 feet at the last.

"But I've got to play, I've got no other option". "I was able to attack the pins and I just filled it up with the putter".

"You've got to give credit to these greens, these greens are in remarkable shape".

"I played well here past year and I didn't think too much out there, it was just business as usual".

Eight under par as he headed to his 16th hole of the day, Varner said he was so engrossed in the round that he didn't know he had to birdie the last three holes at par-70 Sedgefield Country Club to break 60.

The first round of the tournament, which is being played without fans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was suspended due to weather late Thursday with a handful of players scheduled to complete it early Friday morning.

Talor Gooch, Hank Lebioda and Ryan Brehm were still on the course and also in the tie for fifth at 5-under when play was halted.

Former U.S. Open champ and past Wyndham victor Webb Simpson was among a large group at 66.

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