Armour leads by 1 in Mexico
Leon, Mexico (Sports Network) - Ryan Armour fired an eight-under 64 Thursday to grab a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Mexico Open.
Armour tied for second in Panama, but missed the cut in seven of eight starts and withdrew at his last event.
Chile Classic winner Paul Haley II is alone in second place at El Bosque Golf Club at minus-seven.
Jon Mills, Tag Ridings and James Love share third at six-under 66.
Armour got off to a slow start with one birdie through his first seven holes. He caught fire from there as he poured in four consecutive birdie chances from the eighth to jump to minus-five.
The 36-year-old tripped to a bogey on the 14th, but erased that mistake with an 18-foot birdie putt on the 15th. That was his longest birdie putt of the day.
Armour followed that with three more birdies to post 64, missing the course record by a single stroke.
"I hit a lot of fairways today, a lot of greens. It's something I hadn't been doing a lot lately, giving myself a lot of chances with the putter," Armour stated. "I always feel if I can get 14, 15 good looks at it, I'll play well."
Haley opened a bogey-free round with a birdie on the first. After a birdie on No. 5, he also birdied the eighth and ninth to make the turn at four-under.
"On my first five holes, I was trying to find the ball with my swing," Haley said. "I wasn't hitting it that great, but luckily my putter was on, and that's what's been missing the last few weeks."
He birdied the 10th for his third birdie in a row. Haley birdied the 14th and 18th to finish one back.
"I've been struggling with my game the last couple of weeks, but I had a good talk with my instructor, Randy Smith, about my putting, and how I just need to let the putter go and not really worry about the result," admitted Haley. "And that seemed to work."
NOTES: Armour is winless in 172 career Nationwide Tour starts...Ridings has broken par in eight of his last nine rounds on tour...Haley and Phil Pettitt, Jr. had the only bogey-free rounds...There are 20 Mexicans in the field this week and Antonio Serna leads the way at four-under 68...Jerrod Turner, Cesar Costilla, Anthony Rodriguez, Brian Smock and Christopher DeForest all withdrew during the first round.
06/07 22:52:06 ET