Updated: Friday, 07 February 2014 11:07 | By Agence France-Presse

Rookie Loupe leads at rainy Pebble Beach

US PGA Tour rookie Andrew Loupe fired an eight-under par 63 at Monterey Peninsula to grab the lead at the rain-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.


Rookie Loupe leads at rainy Pebble Beach

Jimmy Walker hits a tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in California on February 6, 2014 - by Jeff Gross

Loupe was headed to the first tee early Thursday just 39 minutes into the first round when play was suspended because of standing water on some of the greens on the three courses in use for the first three rounds of the tournament.

After a delay of almost three hours, play got underway and Loupe was able to get into the clubhouse with a career-best round that gave him an unexpected two-stroke lead.

Forty players failed to finish and were to return early Friday to complete their rounds..

"I just keep telling myself, you're supposed to be here, you're going to play good, just keep playing," said Loupe, who had eight birdies and no bogeys. "And this is just one round, guys, you know, but I feel good."

Loupe, 25, had only broken 70 once in 11 previous rounds on the US PGA Tour. In five prior starts this season he has yet to make a cut.

He only secured his card with an equal sixth-place finish in the final event last season of the Web.com Tour's Finals series.

Jimmy Walker, who leads the tour's Fed Ex Cup playoff standings, was among five players tied for second on six-under par.

He posted his 66 on the par-72 Pebble Beach Golf Links, where Sunday's final round will be held after everyone in the field plays one round at the par-71 Monterey Peninsula, par-72 Pebble and par-72 Spyglass Hill.

Australians Stuart Appleby and Scott Gardiner and Americans Jim Renner and Richard H. Lee all carded six-under 65s at Monterey.

Jordan Spieth fired a bogey-free 67 at Spyglass and was tied at five-under with Robert Streb, Brian Harman and European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley of Ireland.

Streb and McGinley posted 67s at Pebble Beach while Harman's 66 came at Monterey Peninsula.

Four-time tournament winner Phil Mickelson was among those who failed to complete their rounds. He was five-under thorugh 15 holes.

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