MADISON, Miss. — Daniel Summerhays rebounded from a disappointing finish last week in Illinois to take the lead Thursday in the rain-delayed first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Four days after squandering the final-round lead in the John Deere Classic, Summerhays shot 9-under-par 63 to open a three-stroke lead. He had an eagle and seven birdies in a bogey-free round in steamy conditions at Annandale Golf Club.
“You have to enjoy these moments,” Summerhays said. “Sometimes we take good golf for granted and you forget how hard this game is. It can be a really hard game, so I’m just soaking it in. I’m really excited about where my game is at and I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things on the weekend and testing myself again.”
Former Swainsboro, Ga., resident Will Claxton shot 66, as did Michael Bradley and Jonathan Randolph.
The entire afternoon group was unable to finish because of storms that hit the course in suburban Jackson. Aiken’s Kevin Kisner was the top player in the afternoon session, playing the first six holes in 4-under.
The 29-year-old Summerhays was in position to win his first PGA Tour title last week, but followed a third-round 62 with 72 to finish a stroke out of a three-way playoff that Jordan Spieth won to earn a spot in the British Open.
“You take all the positives,” Summerhays said. “I shot 18-under par for 72 holes and was standing on the 18th fairway with a chance to win the golf tournament. That can only breed confidence.”
LPGA TOUR: In Sylvania, Ohio, Alison Walshe, chasing her first victory in four years on the LPGA Tour, shot 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Marathon Classic.
Paula Creamer, the 2008 winner of what used to be the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, played later in the day and shot 66 that left her tied with teenager Lexi Thompson and Jessica Shepley.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Overland Park, Kan., former Clemson golfer Ben Martin is tied for the lead in the Midwest Classic.
Martin shot 6-under-par 65, as did Chris Smith and Tyrone Van Aswegen.
Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 71 and Aiken native Matt Hendrix had 73.