LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in.
When he finished his amazing run Thursday in the BMW Championship, he had seven consecutive birdies on his card, shooting 8-under-par 63 at blustery Conway Farms.
“You get on runs like that, you get excited for the next hole because you know something good is going to happen, because you’re in such a good frame of mind and everything is going in the right direction,” Snedeker said.
The 63 gave him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. Tiger Woods sounded disgusted with his round of 66, mainly because he had a pair of three-putt bogeys and missed a 4-foot birdie putt over his last five holes.
Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Streelman also were at 66.
There is no cut in this 70-player event, where the top 30 on the FedEx Cup points list after Sunday’s final round will move on to the Tour Championship.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Columbus, Ohio, Jim Herman shot a 7-under 64 on Thursday and built a two-shot lead over Sean O’Hair and Danny Lee among those who finished the rain-delayed opening round of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship on the Web.com Tour.
Rain caused a three-hour delay in the morning, and the first round will not be completed until today.
Herman hit one shot before the delay, and then returned to hit 9-iron to 10 feet for birdie. That turned out to be his longest birdie of the round.
Andrew Svoboda, who won last week in North Carolina to clinch a PGA Tour card, was 4 under through 16 holes when darkness stopped play.
This is the third of four tournaments in the Web.Com Tour Finals, where players are trying to earn PGA cards. The fields are a mixture of Web.com Tour players from the top 75 on the money list, and the 75 players who failed to qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs on the PGA Tour.
Of the local golfers in the field, Will Claxton had 71, Scott Parel 72 and Kevin Kisner 79. With their opening rounds cut short by the rain delay, Vaughn Taylor was one-under through 14 holes and Henrik Norlander even after 13.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Zandvoort, Netherlands, nearly two decades after winning this tournament, Miguel Angel Jimenez shot 6-under-under 64 for the first-round lead at the KLM Open.
Robert Allenby and Gary Orr are among a group of six players at 65 at Kennemer Golf and Country Club on the North Sea coast.
LPGA TOUR: In Evian-Les-Baines, France, the scheduled first day of play at the Evian Championship was washed out after heavy morning rain soaked the newly-designed course.
Players were on the course for less than one hour before being forced to come off, and organizers decided to restart the round today with Thursday’s scores annulled.