Tom Hoge, Roger Sloan and Harold Varner III blitz Sedgefield Country Club with 8-under 62s to open regular-season finale
62: Scores for Tom Hoge, Roger Sloan and Harold Varner III on Thursday as they shared the first-round lead at 8 under at the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Sloan, a 33-year-old Canadian, sank 186 feet, 7 inches of putts at Sedgefield Country Club en route to his career-low score. Varner, who will turn 30 on Saturday, and Hoge, 31, matched their career-best scores. All three are winless on the PGA Tour. Webb Simpson, a Raleigh native who played college golf at Wake Forest in nearby Winston-Salem, opened with a 66 as he seeks his third victory of the season. At No. 6 in the Official World Golf Ranking, Simpson is the highest-ranked player in the event, which follows the PGA Championship and precedes the start of the FedEx Cup playoffs. No. 7-ranked Brooks Koepka has some work to do Friday to make the cut after he opened with a 2-over 72. Defending champion J.T. Poston, who grew up about 100 miles west, in Hickory, struggled to a 74. Play was suspended because of inclement weather with 33 golfers still on the course. The top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings after Sunday’s final round will advance to the first of three playoff events. The Northern Trust will be played Aug. 20-23 at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass. From there, the top 70 will advance to the BMM Championship on Aug. 27-30 at Olympia Fields (Ill.) Country Club. Out of the BMW, the top 30 will qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship on Sept. 4-7 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta (scores).
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