AVONDALE, La. — Jason Bohn took advantage of calm morning conditions Thursday in the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic, shooting 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over Jason Dufner, John Senden, Jeff Overton, Greg Owen and 2006 champion Chris Couch.
Bohn had eight birdies and one bogey — when he tried to reach the par-5 18th green in two stokes and ended up in the water — at Pete Dye-designed TPC Louisiana.
"I was playing aggressively on the last hole," Bohn said. "If I had to do it all over again, I'd hit the exact same shot."
Every time he had a chance for birdie, he made it, Bohn said.
"And I made a couple of par-saving putts," said Bohn, who had 26 putts.
Bohn was one stroke off the course record, set by Kyle Reifers in 2007.
Bohn's score held up easily as the wind came up in the afternoon and made the course play much tougher.
"There is not much coverage out here on this golf course," Dufner said. "It's pretty open. So if it can get windy, that will make play a lot more difficult."
Five players — former British Open champion David Duval, Charles Howell, Kevin Sutherland, 2002 winner K.J. Choi and Troy Merritt — opened with 68s.
Defending champion Jerry Kelly shot 71.
This is the fifth time this year Choi has opened with 68 or better.
Choi, Owen and Overton teed off in the afternoon.
"It was blowing," said Owen, who made five birdies on the front nine. "There were a few gusts, but it's obviously tough."
Defending champion Jerry Kelly had an opening-round 71.
European: Australia's Marcus Fraser shot 7-under 65 to take the lead in the suspended first round of the fog-disrupted Ballantine's Championship in Jeju Island, South Korea. England's Mark Foster opened with 66. Play was delayed for six hours by fog, then suspended because of darkness with 36 players able to finish. South Africa's Ernie Els and American Anthony Kim shot 68s. South Korean star Y.E. Yang, playing a tournament on his home island for the first time since winning the PGA Championship last year, birdied the first hole before play was suspended.