Day holds Regions Tradition lead, weather halts first round

Published 5:51 p.m. ET May 9, 2019 | Updated 6:07 p.m. ET May 9, 2019

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Glen Day was 7 under through 16 holes to top the Regions Tradition leaderboard Thursday when bad weather halted the opening round of the first PGA Tour Champions major of the year.

After a two-tee start to try to beat the weather, lightning stopped play just after noon when Day was aiming for his second straight long birdie putt on Greystone’s Founders Course. Tour officials announced more than four hours later that the first round would resume early Friday.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez and David Toms were two strokes back. Jimenez played 17 holes, and Toms finished 13.

Day made a third straight birdie on No. 16 and was lining up for a shot at another one when play was suspended.

Day predicted that “the scores will go way low” before the tournament is over — weather permitting.

“Now, if we want to call the tournament right now, I’m all for it,” he said, laughing. “I mean, we can call it now. But if we get in four rounds, there will be a lot of birdies made.

“Plus, with the weather that’s coming in, the golf course will be soft, the greens will be holding. They…

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