Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax shot a best-ball 11-under 61 to top the Zurich Classic leaderboard after a weather delay longer than seven hours prevented half of the 80 teams from even teeing off Thursday.

Stallings and Mullinax, who started on the back nine, birdied their last four holes at the TPC Louisiana — and seven of nine holes after the turn — for a one-stroke lead over two teams.

Martin Laird and Nick Taylor, who were in the same group as the leaders, finished at 10 under. But the team of Brian Gay and Rory Sabbatini had both of the top teams in their sights after birdies on the first five holes of the back nine got them to 10 under through 14 holes.

Jason Day of Australia hits off the first tee during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Jason Day of Australia hits off the first tee during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

All but 13 teams still had part or all of the first round still to play when darkness stopped play. Seventeen teams were within five shots of the lead.

The Zurich Classic is the only team even on the PGA Tour, and the format alternates between best ball in the first and third rounds and alternate shot in the second and final rounds.

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Sungjae Im, left, and Whee Kim, both of South Korea wait for their turn to putt on the first green, during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Sungjae Im, left, and Whee Kim, both of South Korea wait for their turn to putt on the first green, during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A person walks on the largely empty course during a weather delay for the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
A person walks on the largely empty course during a weather delay for the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Adam Scott walks on the 18th green during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Adam Scott walks on the 18th green during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Martin Laird chips onto the first fairway during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Martin Laird chips onto the first fairway during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Jason Day of Australia reacts after missing his shot on the 18th green during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Jason Day of Australia reacts after missing his shot on the 18th green during the first round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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