PGA Tour rookie Andrew Loupe fired an eight-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula on Thursday to grab the lead at the rain-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
Loupe was headed to the first tee early on Thursday just 39 minutes into the first round when play was suspended because of standing water on some of the greens on the three courses in use for the first three rounds of the tournament.
After a delay of almost three hours, play got underway and Loupe was able to get into the clubhouse with a career-best round that gave him an unexpected two-stroke lead.
Forty players failed to finish and were to return early yesterday to complete their rounds.
“I just keep telling myself, you’re supposed to be here, you’re going to play good, just keep playing, and this is just one round, guys, you know, but I feel good,” said Loupe, who had eight birdies and no bogeys.
Loupe, 25, had only broken 70 once in 11 previous rounds on the PGA Tour. In five prior starts this season he has yet to make a cut.
Jimmy Walker, who leads the FedEx Cup playoff standings, was among five players tied for second on six-under.
He posted his 66 on the par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links, where tomorrow’s final round is to be held after everyone in the field plays one round at the par-71 Monterey Peninsula, par-72 Pebble Beach and par-72 Spyglass Hill.
Australians Stuart Appleby and Scott Gardiner, and Americans Jim Renner and Richard Lee all carded six-under 65s at Monterey.
Phil Mickelson was five-under through 15 holes.