Thursday's Golf Capsules
Friday, July 27, 2012
ANCASTER, Ontario (AP) — Scott Piercy shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of Canadian Open, taking advantage of perfect scoring conditions at rain-softened Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Piercy eagled the par-5 fourth and 17th holes and had five birdies and one bogey.
Greg Owen and William McGirt were a stroke back, and Robert Garrigus had a 64.
Ernie Els, the British Open winner Sunday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, opened with a 72.
Jim Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen, shot a 70.
SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) — Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark McNulty after the first round of the Senior British Open.
Langer, the German star who won the 2010 tournament at Carnoustie, had six birdies on Turnberry's Alisa Course. Tom Lehman, Michael Allen, David Frost, Jay Don Blake, Dick Mast and Chien Soon Lu shot 66.
Tom Watson opened with a 69. He lost a playoff to Stewart Cink in the 2009 British Open at Turnberry, and won the 1977 British Open and 2003 Senior British Open at the course. The 62-year-old American, a five-time British Open winner and three-time Senior British Open champion, made the cut last week in the British Open.
England's Roger Chapman had a 72. The won Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open winner is trying to tie Jack Nicklaus' record of three senior major victories in a season. Nicklaus accomplished the feat in 1991, winning The Tradition, Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open.
Greg Norman, Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia also shot 72.
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — Stacy Lewis made seven consecutive birdies and tied the Evian Masters record with a 9-under 63 to open a two-stroke lead after the first round.
The American, a two-time winner this year on the LPGA Tour, matched three-time champion Helen Alfredsson's tournament record set in 2008. Lewis birdied Nos. 5-11 and 17 and 18.
South Korea's Hee Young Park opened with a 65, compatriot Ilhee Lee had a 66, and Japan's Mika Miyazato and Colombia's Mariajo Uribe followed at 67.
Japan's Ai Miyazato, the 2009 and 2011 winner, had a 71. Slumping Michelle Wie shot 73, and top-ranked Yani Tseng had a 76.
ATZENBRUGG, Austria (AP) — Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen shot a 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead during the suspended second round of the Lyoness Open.
Olesen had a 12-under 132 total at Diamond Country Club. France's Thomas Levet was second after a 70.
The round was suspended because of heavy rain and lightning.