Ricky Barnes said he still owes his newborn daughter a late birthday present.
Perhaps a piece of silver would be appropriate.
Barnes birdied six of the last eight holes Thursday at rain-softened TPC Louisiana to take a one-stroke lead at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, which awards a silver cup to the winner.
Barnes finished the opening round with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for an 8-under 64. Ping G15 Driver
Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover were a stroke back, and D.A. Points and Morgan Hoffmann each shot 66.
"Today it was nice because it was a pretty stress-free round," said Barnes, who did not arrive in New Orleans until late Wednesday afternoon after the birth of his daughter Monday night. Ping K15 Driver
"I think I only had to chip once in 18 holes so that's nice."
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, opened with an even-par 72, highlighted by a 5-wood that he hit to a foot on the par-3 17th.
"I think I played pretty good golf," Guan said. cheap golf clubs
"Not the best but I made some ups and downs and a couple birdies."
He tied for 58th in the Masters after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National, Ping K15 Fairway Wood
and said Thursday that he will play in a U.S. Open qualifier in two weeks in Dallas.