Lamely grabs early lead at Bob Hope

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La Quinta, CA - Derek Lamely fired a nine-under 63 Wednesday to grab a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Bob Hope Classic.

Lamely posted his 63 on the Palmer Course at PGA West. That course will also host the final round. The first four rounds are spread over four courses with amateurs competing alongside the professionals.

The other three course being used are the Nicklaus Private Course at PGA West, La Quinta Country Club and the Palmer Course at SilverRock Resort.

J.J. Henry carded an eight-under 64 on the Nicklaus Course to share second place with Jhonattan Vegas, who posted a 64 on the Palmer Course at PGA West.

Boo Weekley and Ricky Barnes headline a group of six players who share fourth place at minus-seven.

Lamely started on the back nine Wednesday and got off to a rough start. His tee shot on No. 10 found water, but he managed to save bogey there and came right back with an up-and-down birdie from a bunker on the par-five 11th.

The 30-year-old, who won the Puerto Rico Open last year, moved into red figures with a four-foot birdie putt on the 13th. He made it two in a row by converting a 15-foot birdie chance on No. 14.

Lamely stumbled to another bogey on the 16th. He atoned for that mistake with a two-putt birdie on the par-five 18th.

Around the turn, Lamely flew up the leaderboard by going seven-under par in a six-hole span.

His run started with a two-putt birdie on the par-five second. Lamely followed with birdie putts of 17 and 15 feet at three and four. He holed a shot from off the fifth green for birdie to get to six-under.

Lamely ran home a 16-footer for eagle on the sixth. He finished his run on No. 7 with a 14-foot birdie putt to grab the lead. Lamely parred the final two holes to grab his first first-round lead since the 2009 Puerto Rico Open.

"You've just got to go out and stay aggressive every hole. You've got to pick your spots and hopefully you can get hot and make a bunch of putts. I actually kind of got that going today," Lamely said. "The first couple weeks, I've actually hit it all right and I haven't made anything. I made a couple putts on my front nine, so it was nice to actually finally get off to a good start."

Henry holed out for eagle on his first hole. He gave one stroke back when he bogeyed the par-four sixth. Henry bounced back from that mistake with three straight birdies from the seventh to turn at minus-four.

On the back nine, he again converted three consecutive birdie chances from the 12th. Henry birdied the 17th to end at minus-eight.

"I actually hadn't played at all since the playoffs last year," Henry stated. "My oldest son started school and I felt like what a perfect time in my career to take a couple months off. I really felt refreshed and ready to go."

Vegas birdied four of the first five holes to quickly jump up the leaderboard. He birdied No. 8, but gave that shot back at the 11th.

The 26-year-old Venezuelan, who is making his fifth career PGA Tour start, bounced back with a birdie on the 13th. He jumped into a share of second place with three birdies in the final four holes.

Weekley and Barnes were joined at minus-seven by Fredrik Jacobson, Matt McQuillan, Kyle Stanley and Gary Woodland. McQuillan was the last player to make the field, getting in when Donnie Hammond was unable to start.

NOTES: World No. 13 Matt Kuchar, the only player ranked in the top 20 in the world playing the tournament, opened with a 66 and is one of 10 players tied for 10th at minus-six...Defending champion Bill Haas had four birdies and a bogey in a round of 69, which gave him a share of 54th.


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