JERSEY CITY, New Jersey: Kevin Stadler fired a bogey-free 64 to seize the lead on Thursday (Friday in Manila) in the weather-disrupted first round of The Barclays, the $8 million opening event of the US PGA Tour playoffs.
Stadler had a one-stroke lead over Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, Ryan Palmer and Colombian Camilo Villegas.
Australian Jason Day and American Matt Kuchar were a stroke further back at 66.
Stadler parred the final five holes.
World No. 1 Tiger Woods, whose five victories this season sent him into the playoffs atop the points standings, also played without a bogey, posting a four-under 67 at Liberty National Golf Club.
He was tied in the clubhouse with Zimbabwe’s Brendon de Jonge, Canadian Graham DeLaet and fellow Americans Nicholas Thompson, Matt Every and Morgan Hoffman, while Harris English was also at four-under having played just six holes.
Two weather delays lasted a total of five hours and 51 minutes. No one who teed off in the afternoon played more than nine holes and some completed only two.
Woods, showing no sign of the sore shoulder and neck he spoke of early in the week, hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation. He teed off on 10 and birdied three straight holes starting at the 14th, then picked up one more bogey at the par-three fourth.
He capped his round with a par-save from the greenside rough at the ninth.
Defending champion Nick Watney is one of 11 players at three-under, as he opened the first tournament of the 2013 FedExCup playoffs with a 68.