Kevin Na and Sean O'Hair hold a one-shot advantage after the first round of the QBE Shootout.

Na and O'Hair hit the ground running at the Tiburon Golf Club in The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, Florida to lead the way from Ryan Palmer and Harold Varner III.

O'Hair and Na teamed up superbly in the scramble format on Friday, combining for a 16-under opening round of 56.

There were two eagles and 12 birdies for the leading duo, who went out in 27 in a blistering start to an event that is being hosted by Australian great Greg Norman.

Varner and Palmer are hot on their heels, sitting second of the 12 teams after coming up with eight birdies on the front nine and another seven after the turn.

Lanto Griffin and Mackenzie Hughes are just two shots adrift of the leading duo along with Harris English and Matt Kuchar.

Australian duo Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith are among three teams who will head into the weekend with the most ground to make up on 10 under.

Harold Varner III fired an eight-under 62 to be in a three-way tie for the lead as the Wyndham Championship first round was suspended.

Varner, Tom Hoge and Roger Sloan opened with 62s at the Sedgefield Country Club in North Carolina on Thursday.

Having finished tied for 29th at the US PGA Championship, Varner produced a bogey-free opening round that featured eight birdies.

Hoge got to nine under before a bogey at the last, while Sloan mixed nine birdies with a bogey.

The trio are two shots clear atop the leaderboard, ahead of Harris English, who carded a 64 to be outright fourth.

The round was suspended and later called off for the day due to inclement weather, with 33 players yet to complete 18 holes.

Ryan Brehm (five under through 14), Talor Gooch (five under through 16) and Hank Lebioda (five under through 16) are the best-placed of those yet to finish their first rounds.

They are tied for fifth alongside Wesley Bryan, Brian Harman, Kim Si-woo, Patrick Reed and Chesson Hadley, who opened with 65s.

Defending champion J.T. Poston, meanwhile, struggled badly to a four-over 74 to be back in a tie for 142nd.

Runner-up at the US PGA, Paul Casey carded a 67 to be tied for 25th alongside the likes of Sergio Garcia.

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth was again unable to get much going, shooting a 70.

Harold Varner III could achieve "one of the great victories we've seen on the PGA Tour" if he lands the Charles Schwab Challenge title on Sunday, according to Colin Montgomerie.

American Varner is one of few black golfers competing at the highest level and made a strong start to the first full event staged since the tour returned from its coronavirus-enforced suspension.

He carried a slender lead into Saturday's third round, with Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau his nearest challengers.

The PGA Tour is recognising racial injustice with a moment of silence for George Floyd each day.

There have been nationwide protests in the United States after Floyd – an African-American man – died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

The Black Lives Matter movement has gained momentum, and Montgomerie said it would be "poignant" for Varner to be this week's champion.

Former European Ryder Cup captain Montgomerie said: "What a story this is, beginning to unfold.

"I'm sure everyone wishes him the very, very best."

Varner had a triple bogey on his opening hole of Friday's second round but rallied to post a four-under 66, helped by five birdies in his final six holes, to reach 11 under par through 36 holes.

"Terrific effort, and it'll be so poignant, wouldn't it, if he could come through here," Montgomerie told BBC Radio Five Live.

"It'll be one of the great victories we've seen on the PGA Tour, not just because it's been three months off but because of the situation we find ourselves in right now.

"I think I speak for everybody, that we wish him well."

Montgomerie was eager to see how Varner would handle the pressure of leading, given he stood tied-second going into the final day of last year's PGA Championship only to shoot an 81 and finish well off the pace.

"It was an eye-opener for him. It was the first time he'd been in the last group in a major and you learn from that," Montgomerie said. "When I was in that position myself, you learn from those positions."

Harold Varner III has claimed a "lack of access" is the main issue preventing more black golfers making it onto the PGA Tour.

George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis in May has sparked protests across the globe, with many sports stars speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Varner, who won the Australian PGA Championship in 2016, posted a message to his official Twitter account in the wake of Mr Floyd's death, describing his killing as "evil incarnate" while being critical of those to have looted businesses in the United States amid the large-scale peaceful demonstrations.

The 29-year-old, one of few black players on the Tour, has now commented on the lack of equality in golf, stating there is a lack of access for youngsters looking to get into a sport that is often prohibitively expensive.

"What's the problem? I've talked about this a hundred times, a million times. It's access," Varner told reporters ahead of his return to action in the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas this week.

"Any time that someone wants to be great at something, they have to have the opportunity to experience it, learn how to get better. It's just so expensive to play golf, and that's the problem, to be honest with you.

"Growing up, no one was talking about access to golf because I had access. I got to play a little muni all the time.

"It doesn't become a problem until it's not there, like anything in life. No one understands how much someone cares about something until it's taken away, and I think COVID-19 has taught us a lot of that, so we're going to make it better in our community and hopefully grow that.

"There are some great programmes out there that I've been able to talk to that just care about the access to golf. It's an important sport, it teaches a lot of stuff, not only how to be better at golf but how to be a better human in this society."

The PGA Tour has confirmed the action at Colonial Country Club will pause at 08:46 local time on Thursday for a moment of reflection in tribute to Mr Floyd.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has pledged to be "part of the solution" on the issue of racial inequality and held a long conversation with Varner last week.

"I think there will be discussion," Varner said when asked about his talks with Monahan.

"I think some will forget about it, I think so many people will move on, but the conversation I had with Jay when we weren't being recorded, I think this week won't be the last week, because it's getting to the point where everyone has a voice that if the PGA Tour was to forget it, they would get hounded every day.

"So it's just kind of like yes, they're pressured, but I also think that it's the right thing to do, and I think Jay knows that, so I'm super behind him on that, and we got to talking about some things where I come from, what I think about it."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Rory McIlroy shot a three-under 68 to earn a share of the lead at the Genesis Invitational on Saturday.

The Northern Irishman produced four birdies and a bogey to move into a three-way tie for first at the Riviera Country Club in California.

Overnight leader Matt Kuchar let his two-stroke advantage slip in a third-round 70 that included a run of three bogeys in four holes.

Adam Scott, the 2005 champion and two-time runner-up, joins McIlroy and Kuchar atop the leaderboard at 10 under after making six birdies en route to an impressive 67, backing up the blistering 64 he fired on Friday.

Russell Henley (68) and Harold Varner III (69) are a shot behind the leaders, while 2017 winner Dustin Johnson (67) sits alongside Joel Dahmen (66) at eight under.

Defending champion J.B. Holmes carded a disappointing 76 to slip out of contention.

McIlroy, the world number one, will hope to emerge from a competitive field with a 19th PGA Tour victory and first in 2020.

"You just have to worry about yourself," he told a news conference.

"Concentrate on what you're doing, do it well. Set yourself a target. Don't think about anyone else and if that's good enough at the end of the day, then great.

"If not, then someone has just played better than you. Hats off to them."

Five pairs were tied for the lead after the second round of the QBE Shootout as Bubba Watson and Charles Howell's 66 saw them move into contention.

Harold Varner and Ryan Palmer equalled the tournament's lowest round on Friday with a 17-under 55 to take a two-shot lead through 18 holes, yet they had company at the top after Saturday's round.

Having made gains at 16 of the 18 holes in the first round, Varner and Palmer had three bogeys on Saturday at the event in Naples, Florida.

Watson and Howell had a blemish-free round and back-to-back birdies at 17 and 18 saw them reach 19 under par through 36 holes, the same score as Varner and Palmer and three other pairs.

Brendon Todd and Billy Horschel, Jason Kokrak and JT Poston and Kevin Tway and Rory Sabbatini were the other duos that had a share of the lead.

Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell managed to record the joint-lowest round of the day, though, following up their 61 with a 65 on Saturday.

Four birdies in five holes between the fourth and eighth helped them reach 18 under par for the tournament, one shot back ahead of Sunday's third and final round.

Harold Varner and Ryan Palmer equalled the lowest round at the QBE Shootout with a 17-under 55 on Friday.

The American duo birdied 15 of the 18 holes and eagled the 17th, with their only pars coming at the fifth and 16th.

Varner drained a 20-footer on the last to tie a record held by four other teams at the stroke play event.

That first-round score gave them a two-shot lead over Jason Kokrak and J.T. Poston, with the duo of Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell in a tie for eighth after their 11-under 61.

"We're just having fun," Varner told the PGA Tour's website.

"We enjoy each other's company, even if it's not on the course, and it just meshed really well today.

"It's not like some person did this or that, it was just a lot of fun. I enjoy that team aspect, we were pretty pumped for this."

Had they shot 18 under par they would have broken the competition's single-round record, and Palmer joked those two pars cost them.

"I was really wanting 18, I thought we could get there," he added.

"You had the mental lapse, you make two pars like that..."

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