JUL 03, 2014 6:48p ET
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) Defending champion Jonas Blixt shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic.
Six of Blixt's eight birdies came on putts of 10 feet or less on the Old White TPC. The Swede also chipped in from the rough for birdie on No. 16.
Steve Stricker topped the group at 66
Masters champion Bubba Watson, the top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, had a 68.
Stadler, the Phoenix Open winner in February had seven birdies in his bogey-free round on Le Golf National's Albatross Course, the site of the 2018 Ryder Cup.