St. Simons Island, Georgia- After what was initially thought to be a rough day on the course due to high winds, quite a few players set the bar by going low to start the first round of the McGladrey Classic. Many of them are currently tied up as the field was tight today.
Projected to be a top contender, Webb Simpson didn’t disappoint shooting a 65 to go -5. That wasn’t quite good enough to take the lead though, as George McNeill currently sits at -8 through 16 holes. That’s where he stopped when the horn sounded for darkness. Briny Baird and Brian Gay share the clubhouse lead after each of them shot a score of 63 to go -7. Gay was about to tee off Thursday morning at The McGladrey Classic when play was suspended due to fog. The timing couldn’t have been better. “I was super tired,” said Gay, who flew 15 hours from last week’s tournament in China on Sunday to be here. The delay at Sea Island lasted nearly two hours and Gay took full advantage, finding a chair in the locker room to take a nap. “I felt pretty good when I teed off,” he said. “I felt like I had more energy.” It certainly showed as Gay made eight birdies and just one bogey. After missing the entire 2013 season due to shoulder surgery, Baird shot his lowest round since 2009. Baird is just looking to win as he gets back into the swing of things on tour. There are currently 50 players who were unable to finish the first round due to darkness.
Play will resume at 7:00 am EST for the second round. Scores should be expected to fluctuate as winds are expected to reach 25 mph. Check back to Bunkers Paradise for updates, tournament coverage and a final recap on the McGladrey Classic.