Golf roundup: Green leads in TexasAustralia’s Nathan Green shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over Olin Browne and Paul Claxton in the Texas Open. Green, winless in three seasons on the PGA Tour, birdied nine of the first 16 holes before dropping a stroke on the par-3 17th and closing with a par.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Australia’s Nathan Green shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-stroke lead over Olin Browne and Paul Claxton in the Texas Open.
Green, winless in three seasons on the PGA Tour, birdied nine of the first 16 holes before dropping a stroke on the par-3 17th and closing with a par.
Claxton and Browne, a three-time tour winner, had bogey-free 64s in sunny and warm conditions on La Cantera Golf Club’s Resort Course.
Tim Herron, Greg Kraft, Patrick Sheehan, Jason Gore, Nick O’Hern and Chad Collins opened with 65s, and Paul Goydos and Bob Tway topped a group at 66.
Defending champion Justin Leonard, the former University of Texas star seeking a record fourth victory in the event, shot a 70.
Longs Drugs Challenge
DANVILLE, Calif. — Michele Redman and Sweden’s Maria Hjorth shot 6-under 66s to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Longs Drugs Challenge.
Redman and Hjorth both had seven birdies and a bogey on a sunny day at Blackhawk Country Club. In-Kyung Kim and Mikaela Parmlid were tied for second at 67.
Norway’s Suzann Pettersen, a playoff winner over top-ranked Lorena Ochoa last year at Blackhawk, was two strokes back at 68 along with LPGA Championship winner Yani Tseng, Sarah Lee, Sarah Kemp, Meaghan Francella, Reilley Rankin and Wendy Ward.
Ochoa, a seven-time winner this year, opened with a 70. Santa Cruz resident Juli Inkster, the Hall of Famer who won in 1999 and 2000 at Twelve Bridges, also had a 70.
Bay Area star Paula Creamer, the Samsung World Championship winner last week at Half Moon Bay, had two double bogeys and an eagle in a 74. Ai Miyazato, coming off a victory Sunday in the Japan Women’s Open, shot a 72.
Senior Players Championship
TIMONIUM, Md. — Phil Blackmar, Bruce Fleisher and Des Smyth shot 5-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the Senior Players Championship, the fifth and final Champions Tour major of the year.
Blackmar holed out from the fairway for eagle to help offset four bogeys, Fleisher made four straight birdies early in his round, and Smyth had a bogey-free day to top the leaderboard. All three are winless this year.
Fred Funk, Scott Hoch, Bernhard Langer and Eduardo Romero opened with 66s and 19 players were within three strokes of the lead after an ideal day for scoring at the East Course at Baltimore Country Club.
Blackmar provided the highlight of the day with his approach shot on the 389-yard, par-4 10th hole. Blackmar’s shot with a pitching wedge from 106 yards landed about 10 feet short of the cup and skipped in for an eagle
Jay Haas, the tour’s leading money winner, was at 4 under after six holes, but settled for a 67. Defending champion Loren Roberts shot 68.
MADRID, Spain — England’s Paul Broadhurst birdied two of his last three holes for a 4-under 67 and a share of the first-round lead in the Madrid Masters with Sweden’s Magnus Carlsson and Australia’s Marcus Fraser.
Spanish Ryder Cup player Miguel Angel Jimenez was part of a large pack two shots back, while former U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera of Argentina settled for a 71.