SEARCH FOR NUMBER 7 Marc Leishman of Australia plays his stroke from the eighth tee during the first round of the Houston Open at Memorial Park Golf Course on Thursday November 11, 2021 (November 12 in Manila) in Houston, Texas. AFP PHOTO

LOS ANGELES: Australian Marc Leishman and Americans Russell Henley and Talor Gooch shared the tour of the clubhouse on Thursday (Friday in Manila) as darkness stopped the opening round of the rainy US PGA Houston Open.

The start of the game was delayed by 2 1/2 hours as almost an inch of rain fell in Memorial Park and much of the field was still on the pitch at sunset.

Leishman, Henley and Gooch fired five under par 65, while American Luke List reached par 4 from 179 yards and was under five with three holes remaining.

Making its first start in Houston since 2013, Leishman is aiming for his third top 5 finish in four starts after splitting fourth in Napa and third in Las Vegas.

Henley, who ranks 60th, is aiming for his fourth PGA title of his career and the first since winning in Houston in 2017. Gooch, who ranks 51st, is trying to win his first PGA crown.

World number 35 Leishman is chasing the seventh US PGA title of his career and the second of the year after winning the couples event in New Orleans with fellow countryman Cameron Smith.

“Six-time tour winner. Happy. But some parts are still missing,” said Leishman.