Palm Harbor, FL (Sports Network) - Shawn Stefani fired a 6-under 65 on Thursday to grab a 2-stroke lead after the opening round of the Tampa Bay Championship.

Stefani, a tour rookie, is coming off a tie for 39th at the Puerto Rico Open last week. That was his best finish of the season.

Brian Harman tripped to a bogey at the last for a 4-under 67 on the Copperhead Course at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.

Harris English stumbled to a double-bogey at the last. That dropped him to minus-3. He was joined there by Tag Ridings, Peter Tomasulo and Brendan Steele.

Two-time champion K.J. Choi and 2004 winner Vijay Singh both carded 2-under 69s. They stand alongside Geoff Ogilvy, Dicky Pride, Lucas Glover, Chez Reavie and Roberto Castro.


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