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David Berganio Jr. and Charley Hoffman were tied for third, one stroke off the lead, with Briny Baird, Kevin Na and Matt Kuchar two strokes off the pace.
Play was suspended because of darkness with nine players still on the course.
TPC Scottsdale has a long history of low scores; two years ago, John Rollins shot 20 under and lost by a stroke to Aaron Baddeley.
But players had heard that the course would be tougher this year, and the opening round bore that out.
Asked about a rumor that the fairways had tightened, Baird replied, "I don't think that's a rumor. That's a fact. They've pinched fairways in.
"The rough is definitely up from years past, so they're trying to toughen it up," Baird said. "If that's what they wanted, then success."
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