NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. — Coming off his best career PGA Tour finish, Adam Schenk fired a 6-under par 66 Thursday and is in a tie for 14th after one round of the Barbasol Championship at the Keene Trace Golf Club.
He's two strokes back from leader Brian Stuard at 8-under. The round was suspended for rain twice Thursday for a total of two hours and 35 minutes, and was halted again for darkness with several still having to finish their first rounds Friday.
Schenk had a bogeyless round to open the Barbasol Championship, putting a run together of three birdies in four holes on the front nine. The birdies came at the par-4 third, par-5 fifth, and par-4 sixth. He managed three birdies on the back nine, coming at the par-5 11th, par-5 15th, and finished by draining an eight-foot birdie putt at the par-4 18th.
A highlight of the day for Schenk was when he crushed an approach from 255 yards out with a five-wood on his second shot at No. 11, and he landed it seven feet from the pin. His eagle attempt was off the mark.
Schenk finished in a tie for fourth Sunday in the John Deere Classic, significantly improving his status in the FedEx Cup standings from 135th to 109th. The top 125 at the end of the season retain their PGA cards for next season. After the Barbasol Championship, only three regular-season tournaments remain for Schenk.
Schenk was scheduled to tee off for round two at 8:29 a.m. Friday from the 10th hole, along with playing partners Richy Werenski (1-under) and Jim Herman (5-under). But that start will likely be later to allow the first round to conclude.