HUMBLE, Texas (AP) – PGA Tour beginner Sam Ryder just played enough golf Thursday to get his name on top of the Houston Open.
Ryder punched an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to reach 8 under par before it was too dark to continue. The opening round was postponed by two hours because of the nightly rain that dropped more than 2 inches into the Houston Golf Club.
But it was partly cloudy, warm and breezy throughout the day, with a prediction for more
Former US Open winners Lucas Glover and Kevin Tway scored between 7 and 65 in the morning. They had a quick lead over Rickie Fowler, Rod Pampling, Ryan Armor and Julian Suri.
Beau Hossler, another PGA Tour rookie, was 7 under 1
Phil Mickelson looked as if he would be among the leaders when he shot 30 on the front nine shots and a shot was behind. Mickelson, who had won the Mexico Championship three weeks ago for his first win in more than four years, stagnated in the back nine, and then in the wrong place on the par-3 14th
in front of a bunker with the shot dead Green ran away from him, Mickelson dropped it in the sand and the ball rolled back into his footprint. He did well to marginalize one, and stood up and down to do double bogey.
Mickelson finished with a 68, along with Jordan Spieth, who played three late birdies in the morning  "I did not do birdie on Back Nine and that's disappointing," Mickelson said. "But I'm playing well, I've got a good start, my goal is not to win on Thursday, my goal is to try and get into the race for the weekend, so I did not hurt myself there, but I did I did not do it. " help me as much as possible
Bubba Watson had to make two birdies last week to avoid a match against Suri in the group match at the Dell Technologies Match Play, Suri left this World Golf Championship and had to qualify on Monday for the Houston Open. He still hopes to go to Augusta National next week, winning the Houston Open is the only way to get into the Masters.
Glover is not in the Masters either, he ran in the middle of his round five consecutive birdies and added two more in his round for his lowest score of the year, with Glover not exceeding a 50th place tie in his last eight starts.
He credited the good start to his putting.
19659002] "I made a short adjustment on Bay Hill on Saturday afternoon and putted as confidently as I did for a long time, then brought it this week," Glover said. "I practically cut mine Practice stroke, so I go in, look once and bang. It seems to calm me down a bit. Whether this will continue to be so, I do not know. It feels good now. " Steve Stricker was among the 67th strings coming off a win on the PGA Tour Champions last week, his second this year on the 50 and older circuit.