Strange arrived at the course just 45 minutes before the round started because he thought he was the tournament’s first alternate. The 30-year-old native of Australia raced to the Arlandastad Golf Course after he received a phone call telling him he was in the field.
"As soon as I got the call on the bus, we ran into a traffic jam and the bus driver would just not go over the speed limit," he said.
Strange did not have the luxury of a practice round because his clubs did not arrive at the course until Wednesday morning.
Amateur Fredrik Qvicker, a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, is tied for second with England's Sam Walker at 5-under 65.