Gore leads by 2 in Maryland
Potomac, MD (Sports Network) - Jason Gore, who has just one top-10 finish all season, fired a 7-under 63 on Thursday to grab the lead with round one of the Neediest Kids Championship suspended by darkness.
Gore, the Web.com Tour's all-time leader in wins, carded his lowest round of the year by two strokes, and broke 70 for the first time in seven rounds. In fact, it was his lowest score on tour since he fired a 59 in 2005.
Josh Persons, one of the three players that didn't finish his first round, stood at minus-5 through 17 holes. He shares second place with Will Wilcox, Michael Connell and Alistair Presnell, who all shot 65.
The three players that didn't finish their first round will return the TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm at 8 a.m. ET to complete their rounds. The second round will start as scheduled at 7:05 a.m.
Gore birdied the first, but gave that shot back with a bogey on No. 4. After a pair of pars, Gore caught fire.
The 38-year-old poured in three straight birdies from the seventh. His run of birdies stopped when he bogeyed the par-5 10th.
Gore bounced back from that bogey with birdies on 12 and 13 to get to minus-4. Down the stretch, Gore flew into the lead.
At the par-4 16th, Gore rolled in a birdie effort. He followed with birdies at 17 and 18 to post 63.
"I really didn't hit it that great, but somehow got it around," Gore admitted. "I just made everything I looked at, which is nice because I've been hitting a bunch of lips the last few weeks. You can't have expectations in putting. You go up there and try to read it as well as you can and try to hit your line. It's a funny game."
Persons, a Monday qualifier, carded three birdies on the front nine. Around the turn, he birdied the 11th and 17th before play was halted for the night.
Wilcox traded a birdie for a bogey from the third. He converted a birdie chance on No. 7 to make the turn at minus-1. On the back nine, he picked up four more birdies, including back-to-back ones to close his round.
Connell had one birdie and eight pars on his front nine. He moved into a share of second place with four birdies in his final nine holes.
Presnell played the back nine first and opened with a birdie on the 10th. He converted three consecutive birdie chances from the 13th to get to 4-under. Presnell birdied the 18th and second to move into the lead at 6-under.
After five straight pars, the Australian stumbled to a bogey at the eighth to drop back to minus-5.
NOTES: Lift, clean and place rules were in effect for the first round...John Kimbell (76) and Derek Fathauer (78) both withdrew after the round.
10/04 20:48:10 ET