PEBBLE BEACH -- Rookie Andrew Loupe, who has failed to make a single dollar in five starts on the PGA Tour so far this year, shot an 8-under par 63 at Monterey Peninsula Country Club Thursday to take the first-round clubhouse lead at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

Loupe, 25, who turned pro in 2011 out of Louisiana State University, failed to make the cut in his first five PGA Tour starts this year after finishing sixth in the Web.com Tour Championship in September to earn his opportunity on the main circuit.

Loupe played a bogey-free round on the par-71 MPCC layout with eight birdies. He was one stroke ahead of Scott Gardiner, one of a number of players still out on the three Monterey Peninsula courses following a morning rain delay of nearly three hours. It didn't appear the complete 156-player field would finish before dark.

Of players who finished their rounds, veteran Australian Stuart Appleby was two strokes off the lead following a 6-under 65 at MPCC, while Tour money leader Jimmy Walker shot a 6-under 66 at Pebble Beach.

Check back for updates on this developing story.



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