Chalmers, Percy chase Stuard in PGA event

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Aussie duo Greg Chalmers and Cameron Percy are among the chasing pack in a crowded leaderboard at the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship.

Thursday's opening round was suspended due to rain and lightning but Chalmers was among those to complete, his six-under 66 leaving him just two behind leader Brian Stuard.

The American holds a one-shot lead over a posse of 12 players at Keene Trace, where 30 players failed to finish.

After dropping a stroke on the par-4 18th to finish his opening nine, Stuard birdied five of the next six holes in the morning round.

"I felt like my iron play was nice today," Stuard said. "I didn't think I drove it well, but there's not a lot of rough so you can kind of attack from anywhere, so that's what I was able to do."

Stuard won the rain-shortened Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2016 for his lone PGA Tour title. The 38-year-old Michigan player tied for eighth last week in Illinois in the John Deere Classic.

"It was a good start, but in all honesty, it doesn't really mean much," Stuard said. "I need three more good rounds to put myself in contention, I guess. It's nice to start off well. I need three more, so just got to keep going."

Chalmers made an enterprising start when he birdied the first and ninth holes.

His round got even better when he eagled the par-five 11th after leaving his second shot just four yards from the hole.

Further birdies on 13, 15 and 16 had him just one behind the lead before his lone bogey of the round on the 18th.

Percy began on the back nine and his 67 also included an eagle on the 11th, his second finishing eight yards from the hole.

He then mixed five birdies with two bogeys to be three off the tournament lead.

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