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Former TCU golfer Hoge finishes opening round even with Spieth

Tom Hoge waves to the crowd after making a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Aug. 21, 2015.
Tom Hoge waves to the crowd after making a birdie putt on the ninth hole during the second round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Aug. 21, 2015. AP

Fort Worth resident and former TCU player Tom Hoge closed out his first round Friday morning with four pars and a 6-under 64 at TPC Four Seasons.

“I knew we wouldn’t make it. When we made the turn it was pretty dark,” Hoge said during a brief break between rounds. “It seems like that’s what we’ve been playing with the last couple of months, with the rain delays and everything. It kind of felt like another tournament, so I’ll play 22, 23 holes today, whatever it is.”

Hoge’s first-round 64 is tied with Jordan Spieth and four others. The group is one shot behind Sergio Garcia, Johnson Wagner and Danny Lee.

From last month’s Valero Texas Open in San Antonio to the Nelson, Hoge (pronounced ‘hoagie’) has played in three rain-delayed PGA Tour events.

“San Antonio we finished and went right to the tee, and then at Zurich [Classic of New Orleans] we played 33 holes. So this is a short day compared to that.”

Hoge, who is playing in his first Dean & Deluca Invitational next week at Colonial Country Club, started his Thursday round at the 10th hole and was 6-under at the turn.

“I started off yesterday hitting it great, made a few long putts on the back nine, that was fun. Nice when you get it going like that.”

Briefly, he was at 7-under, but Hoge made bogey on No. 5, his 13th hole.

“I was kind of in between yardage on No. 5 and I just pulled it a little bit. I had a 10-footer, but missed it with the conditions.”

He expects low scores to continue on Friday.

“Plenty of birdies can be made this afternoon, pretty good conditions here,” Hoge said. “I going to drop my stuff in the locker, then probably hit a couple of balls, and then we’re heading for the tee. It’s a short turnaround, but it’s actually longer that the last two times we’ve done this in the past month.”

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