Omaha, NE (Sports Network) - Andrew Loupe and Billy Hurley III fired matching
8-under 63s on Thursday to share the lead through the opening round of the Cox
Classic, the final event of the Web.com Tour regular season.
At the end of this tournament, the top 25 on the Web.com money list will earn
PGA Tour cards, while the top 75 will advance to the four-event finals.
Loupe began the week outside the top 75, but the 24-year-old is projected to
move to 12th on the money list after his productive opening round at Champions
Run. Hurley too placed himself in prime position for a PGA Tour card, moving
from 36th to a projected fifth with his bogey-free round.
"I know exactly where I am," said Loupe. "Obviously, there's thoughts running
through your head. What if I finish here, or finish there. I really just have
to chill out and play golf. This one doesn't mean anything without another
Alexandre Rocha carded a 7-under-par 64 Thursday to sit in solo third, while
Wes Roach, Jason Gore, Nick O'Hern and Marco Dawson all shot 6-under 65s to
grab a share of fourth place. Roach currently trails money-list No. 25 Patrick
Cantlay by $2,807.
"We put ourselves in a good position for the next couples days, still got a
lot of golf left," said Roach. "I'm pleased with the start. Just hope to
Loupe went off the 10th tee and bookended his round with a pair of eagles. In
between, he suffered his lone gaffe at the 14th, where he stumbled to a
double-bogey 6, before recovering with six birdies, including four straight
from the third to grab the clubhouse lead.
Hurley, starting from the first tee, produced a steadier effort. The 31-year-
old opened with a birdie and added four more during an outward 30 to turn at
He closed his front nine with back-to-back birdies, then turned the trick
again around the turn to move within a stroke of Loupe. After a par at the
12th, Hurley grabbed a share of the lead with a birdie at the par-4 13th, then
parred out to stay there.
"Two years ago, I was 25th (on the money list). That felt a lot different, but
I'm also a lot more experienced as a player, so that feels different too,"
NOTES: Both Loupe and Hurley are seeking their first Web.com Tour win ...
Loupe's best finish on tour this season is a tie for fifth at the South
Georgia Classic. Hurley's best result this season is a tie for second at the
United Leasing Championship ... Cantlay shot even-par 71.
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