JERSEY CITY, N.J. Kevin Stadler teed off just after breakfast and finished right before dinner. It took him nearly 11 hours to complete a 7-under-par 64 at Liberty National, his lowest score on the PGA Tour since the first week of February. And he still isn't guaranteed to be the first-round leader at The Barclays.
The FedExCup playoffs got off to a soggy start Thursday with two rain delays that lasted six hours.
It was a start-again, stop-again day on the bank of the Hudson River, but that didn't stop Stadler. He ran off three birdies early, then returned from the second delay and threw in four more birdies on a soft course.
Asked if it was difficult to stay mentally prepared, Stadler replied: "I'm never really mentally prepared. Same as usual. It was all good."
Tiger Woods, the No. 1 player in the world and in this playoff series, came out of the first delay by missing a short birdie putt on the par-5 13th and then rolling in three straight birdies to get into the mix. He cooled slightly after the slightly longer second delay, and failed to birdie any of the par 5s in his round of 67.
Woods didn't mind the long day. He was more concerned about the next long day on the horizon.
Only the top half of the draw finished the round. The later starters Ben Crane played only two holes were to resume the round this morning and then go straight to the second round. That left the top half facing extra holes on Saturday to get the tournament caught up.
"We're done," Woods said. "It was a long day, and (today) will be a short one. And then Saturday will be pretty much a marathon."
British Open champion Phil Mickelson and Masters champion Adam Scott were among those who didn't finish. PGA champion Jason Dufner had a 71, while U.S. Open champion Justin Rose recovered from a double bogey on the par-5 13th for a 68.
Camilo Villegas, who started the season with conditional status and is No. 110 in the FedExCup standings, ran off four straight birdies around the turn and was the only player to reach 8 under for now until back-to-back bogeys late in his round. He had a 65, along with Henrik Stenson and Ryan Palmer.
"Three breakfasts, three warmups, two lunches and a bunch of birdies, which is good," Villegas said.
Jason Day and Matt Kuchar each shot 66. Day made two bogeys that kept a good round from getting away from him.
His ball dropped over the rocks and into the water to the left of the fifth green, and he got up-and-down from there.
On his closing hole, the par-4 ninth, his drive went deep into the bushes and forced him to take a penalty drop. He got onto the green and made another bogey.
LPGA Tour in Edmonton, Alberta Lydia Ko was back on top of the Canadian Women's Open leaderboard.
The 16-year-old Ko, the winner last year at Vancouver Golf Club at an LPGA Tour-record age of 15 years, 4 months, shot a 5-under 65 in perfect conditions at Royal Mayfair for a share of the first-round lead with Angela Stanford and Christel Boeljon.
Ko, a South Korean-born New Zealander, had six birdies and a bogey. She birdied the opening hole, though she figured that might be a bad omen.
"When I start off with a birdie I haven't really played that well, so yeah, I was kind of nervous that I did make a birdie on the first," Ko said.
She felt some pressure entering the tournament.
"Because you're the defending champion, people are going to expect more," she said.