Playa del Carmen, Mexico (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Stuard was 5-under par through 15 holes on Thursday and stood alone atop the leaderboard at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba when play was halted for the day.
Stuard, who is a looking for his first PGA Tour win, mixed six birdies and a bogey in his first 15 holes at El Camaleon Golf Course.
There was a 2-hour, 20-minute weather delay earlier in the day and a second delay led to action being called for the day. The course has taken on over 12 inches of rain in the last 10 days.
Round one is slated to resume at 7:45 a.m. (ET) Friday, with the second round starting as soon as possible later in the day.
"The lightning threat and rain we received," said PGA Tour vice president of rules and competition Slugger White as to why the round was called for the day. "We lost the course we had starting out this morning, and there is more rain heading this way.
"The same thing is forecast for tomorrow morning. We hope it gets better tomorrow afternoon. We'll grind through it."
Erik Compton and Alvaro Quiros were both 4-under par through 17 and 15 holes respectively. Josh Teater and Harris English were minus-3 after 17 holes and were joined in a share of fourth place by Jeff Maggert (15 holes) and Jamie Lovemark (12).
Will Mackenzie, Matt Jones and Len Mattiace shared the clubhouse lead at 2- under 69.
Stuard, who had four top-10 finishes last year on the PGA Tour, ran off three straight birdies from the fourth. He tripped to a bogey on the par-5 seventh, but came right back with a birdie on the par-3 eighth.
The 30-year-old moved to 4-under with a birdie on the 11th. Stuard birdied the par-5 13th to grab the lead at minus-5. He parred the next two holes before play was halted for the day.
Compton stumbled to a bogey at the 13th, but came back with birdies on 14, 15 and 16. He turned in minus-1 after another bogey at the 18th.
On the front side, Compton birdied three of four holes from the fourth to get within one of the lead. He parred the eighth before play was stopped.
Quiros traded a bogey for a birdie from the 12th. After three pars in a row, he birdied No. 17 before running off four straight pars around the turn.
The Spaniard birdied the par-3 fourth and followed with an eagle on the par-5 fifth. Quiros made par on No. 6 before the horn blew to stop play.
NOTES: The 2013 season saw 22 of 40 events delayed by bad weather. The early portion of the 2013-14 wrap-around season has already had three of six events that were delayed by weather ... With the two weather delays on Thursday, only a few groups of the afternoon wave started their rounds ... Defending champion John Huh was among those that didn't hit a shot on Thursday.