Day takes early lead as Regions Tradition play suspended

First-round play was suspended Thursday at the Regions Tradition in Birmingham, Ala., but not before Glen Day shot 7-under par through 16 holes in the year’s first PGA Tour Champions major.

Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, the defending champion who played 17 holes, was at 5 under with David Toms, who completed 13 holes. Billy Andrade, one of the players to actually finish, shot a 4-under 68 at the Greystone’s Founders Course.

Day, born in Mobile, Ala., made seven birdies without a bogey on Thursday. With two holes to play, he is tied for his career-best opening round mark on the Champions Tour. In three starts at the Regions Tradition, he has finished inside the top 20 on two occasions, with his best a tie for 10th in 2017.

Jimenez, who started on the back nine, also made seven birdies, but bogeyed the par-3 14th and par-5 18th. He posted top-10s in all five senior major championships last year, the first player to do that since Bernhard Langer in 2015.

Toms, making his third start at the Regions Tradition, made five birdies without a bogey.

The final group of the day completed 12 holes, and the first round was suspended at 4:30 p.m. CT due to severe weather. Play was suspended temporarily at 12:27 p.m. due to lightning.

Play is scheduled to resume at 7 a.m. Friday.

Last year, the first round of the Regions Tradition was also delayed because of heavy rain and lightning.