Henrik Norlander posted an 8-under-par 33-31=64 in the first round of the Chile Classic and is in a three-way tie for the lead.
While Norlander was unable to retain his PGA TOUR card last year, he's wasted no time in trying to earn a card for 2014-15. The Swede birdied half of the holes at Prince of Wales Country Club, giving back his lone bogey at the par-4 fifth hole. A veteran of 22 Web.com Tour starts, he's yet to record a top-10 finish.
Sebastian Vazquez fired an 8-under-par 35-29=64 in the opening round of the Chile Classic and shares the first-round lead with Garth Mulroy and Henrik Norlander.
This is only the second Web.com Tour event Vazquez, and first time he's thrown his hat into contention. His round featured seven birdies and a bogey, highlighted by an eagle at the par-4 17th hole. Should he at least hold on for a top-25 finish, he would be exempt into the next Web.com Tour event. With a victory, he would be fully-exempt for the remainder of the season.
Garth Mulroy spun a bogey-free 8-under-par 31-33=64 in the opening round of the Chile Classic and is in a three-way tie for the lead.
Mulroy circled eight birdies on his opening lap around Price of Wales Country Club. He took advantage of three of the four par 5s. This is his first Web.com Tour start of the season. A veteran of 112 Web.com Tour previous tournaments, he is a two-time winner.
Harris English completed his opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, signing for a 3-under-par 37-32=69, good for early possession of the clubhouse lead as play was suspended for the day due to darkness.
English is making his debut in this tournament and goes in the books as the first to wheel a sub-70 on the redo at Trump National Doral. He split only seven (of 14) fairways but found 16 greens in regulation and poured in five birdies. He circled his first par breaker at the par-5 12th hole -- his third of the round -- but suffered bogeys at the par-4 16th and 18th holes. It was bogey-free golf coming in, with four birdies, including rolls of 16'9" at the second hole and a gem from 46'1" at 9 to give him every reason to enjoy tonight's dinner. None of the other five that finished 18 holes are under par.
The opening round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship was suspended for darkness at 5:57 p.m. ET.
An earlier delay of two hours and 23 minutes due to inclement weather prevented completion of the first round today. Brendon de Jonge was able to complete his opener, albeit signing for a 4-over-par 39-37=76 with just one birdie after hitting 11 greens in regulation. He was one of six golfers to post a number today. The Zimbabwean revealed that he was dealing with a rib injury over the weekend at PGA National. The restart is slated for 8:45 a.m. on Friday. The second round will begin as scheduled at 11:00 a.m.
Ben Martin turned in a 4-under-par 36-32=68 for his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.
After parring every hole on the front nine at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico, Martin birdied Nos. 10, 12, 15, 17 and 18 coming home. A bogey-4 at the 16th was his only blemish. He hit 12 greens in regulation on the day and came to rest two strokes off the clubhouse lead.
Eric Axley crafted a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.
Every once in a while, even a left-handed squirrel finds a nut. The one-time PGA TOUR winner hasn't made any noise on the PGA TOUR in some time. In fact, today's score is his first red number in an opening round since a 2-under 70 at the 2009 Reno-Tahoe Open (when it was still a stroke-play event). The 68 is his lowest lid-lifter since a 67 at the Zurich Classic in May of that same season. Axley landed 13 greens in regulation today and circled five birdies against one bogey. He walked off positioned two strokes back of the clubhouse lead.
Shaun Micheel signed for a 2-over-par 38-36=74 following his opening round of the Chile Classic on the Web.com Tour.
It's not quite what he wanted on the card, but there's some value in the nothing-to-see-here element of posting a score just a couple of weeks after having a procedure to address a block coronary artery. He bracketed four bogeys with two birdies at Prince of Wales Country Club in Santiago and sits 10 strokes adrift of the overnight tri-leaders.