Leonard shares lead at PGA event in Mexico

Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:09pm EST
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(Reuters) - Former British Open champion Justin Leonard fired a six-under-par 65 to join a four-way tie for the lead after Thursday's weather-interrupted opening round of the OHL Classic at Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

Leonard, who had a bogey-free round at Mayakoba before wind and rain caused a 74-minute delay, shared the lead with Australian Aaron Baddeley, Shawn Stefani and Derek Fathauer.

The first round was suspended due to darkness with 21 players still on the course.

Tied for second on 66 were former winner D.J. Trahan, Charles Howell III, Michael Thompson and Patton Kizzire.

Leonard, 43, is planning to cut back on his playing schedule this season to spend more time with his family after moving with his wife and four young children from Dallas to Aspen, Colorado.

"We just moved to Colorado in August, and I want to just play the tournaments that I'm excited to go play and see what I can do," said 12-time PGA Tour winner Leonard, who won his only major at the 1997 Open.

Baddeley, a three-time winner on the Tour but who has lost his card, qualified for the event by finishing fourth at last week's Sanderson Farms Championship.

Stefani was runner-up at this event last year to Charley Hoffman.

Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell overcame a horrendous start to shoot 67.   Continued...

Jul 30, 2015; Gainesville, VA, USA; Justin Leonard hits a shot from the fairway in the first round of the Quicken Loans National golf tournament at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rafael Suanes-USA TODAY Sports