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Wu shares lead after first round

LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla. — Dylan Wu was among eight players who shot 6-under 66 to pace the leaderboard Thursday at Lakewood National Golf Club.

The Medford native has become accustomed to first-round contention. He was tied for second after 18 holes at the season-opening Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay and last week held a share of the lead at the Country Club de Bogota Championship.

The 23-year-old, who has a pair of top-10 finishes so far, continued that torrid stretch Thursday with just one bogey, at the par-3 third, and an eagle at the ninth where he hit a 258yard approach shot to inside seven feet.

“I sound like a broken record, but all I’ve been doing is try to play every round and every tournament like it’s a clean slate and like nothing happened the week before,” he said. “The points are at zero and I just try to play my best golf and move onto the next shot. If you hit a bad one, just move on, try to stay mentally tough out there.”

Taylor Montgomery was also 6-under through 16 holes until play was suspended due to darkness at 6:25 p.m.

Also tied for the lead at 6-under 66 were Jimmy Stanger, Greyson Sigg, T.J. Vogel, Dan McCarthy, Jamie Arnold and local product Jack Maguire.

Montgomery, meanwhile, has a 12-foot putt for birdie on No. 17 to potentially claim the solo lead this morning. Play will resume at 7:45 a.m. today.