Round One of the Genesis Open was suspended when it got too dark to play around 5:30pm on Thursday, but everyone is looking up at Sam Saunders, grandson of golf legend Arnold Palmer. Saunders shot a 64 to sit atop the leaderboard. Play will resume at 10:00am Eastern time on Friday with Saunders holding a two-shot lead at seven under.
If Saunders can hold the lead and finish, he would obviously be honoring his late grandfather who won the Genesis Open back-to-back 50 years ago, but it would also be a bit of a comeback story for him. A former full PGA Tour member, Saunders had to give up his card after finishing in 148th place in the 2015-2016 FedEx Cup standings. He has also never tasted victory on tour.
Once play resumes, Saunders will have plenty of competition nipping at his heels, just a few shots behind. The most immediate challenges will come from the four players who are currently tied for second at five under (Dustin Johnson, JT Poston, Daniel Summerhays, and Brett Stegmaier) who have all completed Round One as well.
Oh by the way, Phil Mickelson is tied for sixth at four under, thanks in part to a nifty chip shot for eagle.
Phil Mickelson is tied for the early lead at Riviera. pic.twitter.com/jXPw5evxQC
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