Tom Hoge came out hot and finished strong Thursday, firing an 8-under-par 64 to claim the lead at the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss., as the first round was suspended due to inclement weather.
Exactly half of the 156-player field completed the first round at the Country Club of Jackson. Every player started, but one group finished just two holes before play was halted at 3:46 p.m., and then called for the day at 6:57.
Hoge, who took second at last week's A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier, drained a 46-foot putt for birdie at the 18th hole, leaving him one stroke ahead of Robert Streb, Australia's Cameron Percy and Ireland's Seamus Power.
Six players, including Zach Johnson, are tied for fifth place at 5 under, including two -- J.T. Poston (through eight) and South Korea's Byeong Hun An (through 11) -- with several holes left in Round 1. Six more players are at 4 under, including two yet to start the back nine.
Hoge capped a bogey-free round with the lengthy final putt. He opened the day with three straight birdies and added another at No. 5, then birdied the ninth for a 5-under 31 on the front nine. He also birdied Nos. 11 and 15 before the highlight-reel putt at No. 18.
"It was a good start, keep that momentum going from last week, and yeah, 8 under, great day," Hoge told the Golf Channel.
The 30-year-old is seeking his first career PGA Tour victory, having regained his card based on his play on the Korn Ferry Tour earlier this year.
"Just a great opportunity for a guy like me to go out and have a great week and change my life," Hoge said, per PGATour.com.
Streb started on the back nine and strung together four straight birdies beginning at the 13th. He also finished the day bogey-free.
Percy joined Hoge in birdieing Nos. 1-3 and No. 5 to open his round. His only bogey came at the 15th, but he birdied Nos. 17 and 18 to finish strong.
Power had an even hotter start off the back nine, reaching 6 under through six holes with birdies at Nos. 10, 11, 12 and 15 plus an eagle at the par-5 14th. After bogeys at Nos. 16 and 18, he made the turn and shot 3 under on a bogey-free front nine.
Poston had three birdies and an eagle -- at the par-5 fifth -- in just eight holes.
An birdied five of his final six to reach 5 under through 11 holes.
Defending champion Cameron Champ is 1 under through eight holes.