Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sports Network) - Richard S. Johnson, Danny Lee and Tom Hoge all carded 6-under 65s on Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the inaugural Brasil Classic.
Johnson, a winner on the PGA Tour at the 2008 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, picked up six birdies during his bogey-free round and grabbed the early clubhouse lead. Later, Lee and Hoge both birdied their second-to-last hole at Sao Paulo Golf Club to reach minus-6.
Carlos Franco, who won the U.S. Bank Championship in 1994 and 2004, fired a first-round 66. The four-time PGA Tour winner is tied with Brazilian Rafael Barcellos, Kelly Kraft, Lee Bedford and Zack Miller at 5-under.
Barcellos' countrymen Alexandre Rocha, Erik Andersson and Philippe Gasnier are part of large group tied at 4-under, while two-time PGA Tour winner Len Mattiace is 3-under.
Kevin Foley, the only 2013 Web.com Tour winner in the field, stumbled to an 80.
More to follow.