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Barracuda Championship Zack Sucher sinks nine birdies to lead in Nevada

Playing in his first PGA Tour season, Zack Sucher has the first-round lead at the Barracuda Championship.

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Zack Sucher carded nine birdies to lead the Barracuda Championship after Thursday's first round, while Ollie Schniederjans had reason to smile.

Sucher leads the Modified Stableford-scoring PGA Tour event on 18 points - a single-day record at the event that switched from stroke-play for the 2012 instalment - after going bogey-free at the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno, Nevada.

A debutant on the PGA Tour in 2015, Sucher's score only went in the right direction - with his nine birdies coming in a 14-hole stretch.

The 28-year-old is three points clear of Patrick Rodgers (15), while Ricky Barnes (14), David Toms and JJ Henry (both 13) round out the top five.

Billy Hurley III is among a group of five on 12 points having shot three straight birdies to finish his round in a flurry, while Robert Garrigus, 2013 runner-up Andres Romero, Jonas Blixt and Tom Hoge all join him six points off the pace.

Schniederjans finished the day in a tie for 87th, but his round - which saw him finish on two points - was highlighted by a hole-in-one on the par-three seventh.

The 22-year-old registered the 39th ace of the 2015 season, getting him out of negative numbers - his scored had dipped at minus seven through five holes.

Defending champion Geoff Ogilvy struggled, finishing at minus one in a tie for 110th - a far cry from his tournament-record 49 points 12 months earlier.

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