Thursday's Golf Capsules
Friday, July 6, 2012
KOHLER, Wis. (AP) — Americans Cristie Kerr, Brittany Lincicome and Lizette Salas shot 3-under 69 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the U.S. Women's Open.
Third-ranked Ai Miyazato, the Japanese star coming off a victory Sunday in the LPGA Tour event in Arkansas, was a stroke back along with 17-year-old Lexi Thompson, Jennie Lee and Beatriz Recari. Seven players — including No. 5 Na Yeon Choi and No. 6 Suzann Pettersen — shot 71 in the nearly 100-degree heat and high humidity that turned Blackwolf Run, a challenging 6,944-yard course in central Wisconsin, into a boiler.
Defending champion So Yeon Ryu opened with a 74 as players struggled in the nearly 100-degree heat and high humidity at Blackwolf Run. Se Ri Pak, the 1998 Open winner on the course, had a 72.
Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 74. She would become the youngest player to complete a career Grand Slam with a victory this weekend. Michelle Wie also opened with a 74, and second-ranked Stacy Lewis shot 77.
Kerr has 14 career LPGA wins and was the 2007 U.S. Women's Open champion. The long-hitting Lincicome has five career LPGA tour wins, including a major win in the 209 Kraft Nabisco Championship.
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Vijay Singh shot a 7-under 63 to take the first-round lead in the Greenbrier Classic, leaving Tiger Woods eight strokes back.
The 49-year-old Singh birdied his final four holes on The Old White TPC course. He won the last of his 34 PGA Tour titles in 2008.
Jeff Maggert, a year younger than Singh, was a stroke back at 64 along with Jonathan Byrd and Martin Flores. U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson topped a group at 65.
Woods, coming off a victory Sunday at Congressional, had a 71. He stumbled with a double bogey on the par-5 17th, driving into a hazard, taking a penalty stroke and three-putting from 20 feet.
Phil Mickelson also opened with a 71.
Defending champion Scott Stallings birdied his final three holes for a 67.
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) — Sweden's Christian Nilsson shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the French Open.
Italy's Matteo Manassero, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and England's Gary Boyd were tied for second. Third-ranked Lee Westwood opened with a 70 on Le Golf National's Albatross Course.