The GreenbrierSeptember 12, 2019

Two-time Korn Ferry Tour winner Robby Shelton leads at The Greenbrier after first-round 62

A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier - Round One
Jared C. TiltonWHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WEST VIRGINIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Robby Shelton lines up a putt on the 11th green during the first round of A Military Tribute At The Greenbrier held at the Old White TPC course on September 12, 2019 in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Of all the Korn Ferry Tour graduates in the field this week at The Greenbrier, Robby Shelton was probably not the one many had assumed to be at or near the top of the leader board after Day 1. Surely it'd be Viktor Hovland or Maverick McNealy or Scott Harrington, whose inspiring story makes him an impossible guy not to root for.

And yet it's Shelton, a 24-year-old former standout at Alabama, who stands alone in West Virginia, as he opened with an eight-under-par 62 on the Old White TPC Course. Shelton, a member of the 2015 Walker Cup team, won twice last season on the Korn Ferry Tour, which earned him a PGA Tour membership as he finished third on the money list at season's end. This week marks just his 15th start on the big tour, and his first since the 2017 RBC Canadian Open.

As for Harrington, he's part of a trio tied for second after his first round 64. Defending champion Kevin Na and another Korn Ferry Tour graduate, Mark Hubbard, also shot 64s.

Joaquin Niemann, Jimmy Walker and Harold Varner III are among a group at five under, three off Shelton's lead. Morgan Hoffmann, who has missed seven of his last 10 cuts on tour and has not had a top-10 finish since February 2017, is at four under.

Bryson DeChambeau, the highest ranked player in the field, shot a two-under 68.