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Ricky Barnes leads Zurich Classic

3 years 5 months 4 days ago April 25, 2013 Apr 25, 2013 Thursday, April 25 2013 April 25, 2013 7:14 PM in Sports
Source: Associated Press

AVONDALE, La. - Ricky Barnes birdied six of the last eight holes Thursday at rain-softened TPC Louisiana to take a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic.

Barnes finished the opening round with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for an 8-under 64. Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover were a stroke back, and D.A. Points and Morgan Hoffmann shot 66.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, opened with an even-par 72, highlighted by a 5-wood that he hit to a foot on the par-3 17th. He tied for 58th in the Masters after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National, and said Thursday that he will play in a U.S. Open qualifier in two weeks in Dallas.

Defending champion Jason Duffner shot 70, and 2011 winner Bubba Watson had a 73.

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