Weekley, seeking his first PGA Tour victory in two years, took advantage of rain-softened conditions to card an opening round 64 on a weather-affected first day at TPC Louisiana that saw play suspended for 80 minutes.
One of the early starters, Weekley fired an eagle at the par-five second and posted seven further birdies to set the early pace, before De Jonge pulled level at the top of the leaderboard late in the day following a bogey-free round.
???It was good,??? Weekley told Sky Sports 4. ???I???ve been struggling with the driver this year and we???ve finally found one and I think it showed out there.
???The last month I???ve been hitting the ball well but struggling with my irons. I needed an equipment change and it happened today.???
Canada???s David Hearn opened with four successive gains to join Sean O???Hair a shot off the first round leaders, with the American unable to follow on from his lightening start which saw him reach the turn in just 30.
O???Hair holed his 120-yard approach shot to eagle the par-four first, before rolling in a birdie at the next. A chip-in birdie at the fourth was followed by a 10-foot gain at the sixth, with O???Hair nailing a 15-foot putt at the seventh straight after the rain delay.
The American almost became joint-leader when his 53-yard third shot at the par-five 11th rolled past the cup and presented a tap-in birdie, but dropped back to six-under at the next after dragging a nine foot par-save putt away from the hole. After completing the next five holes in regulation, O???Hair lifted an up-and-down at the 18th to within 12-feet and holed the birdie putt.
Four gains from the final five holes from Daniel Berger left the Honda Classic runner-up part of a large group tied on six-under alongside Brian Davis and compatriots Erik Compton, who produced a blemish-free round, and Mark Hubbard, who left his tee-shot at the par-three ninth inches from the flag.
Australia???s Jason Day, the highest-ranked player in this week’s field, produced an opening round 67 to join world No 7 Dustin Johnson in the group of players a further stroke back.??????????????????????????
“I made a great start, birdying the first hole, and everyone kind of followed suit after that,” Day said. “The course is very receptive, it’s very gettable. It was good to be a part of a group with DJ (Dustin Johnson) and Ben Crane.???
Masters runner-up Justin Rose, making his first appearance since Augusta, dropped three shots in the space of two holes on his front nine but responded strongly to post an opening round 69.