Thursday's Golf Capsules
Friday, June 8, 2012
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jeff Maggert and John Merrick shot 4-under 66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the St. Jude Classic, leaving U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy two strokes back.
Maggert took advantage of teeing off in the first group with calm conditions for the first seven holes, and finished with four birdies, an eagle and two bogeys.
Merrick matched his best round of the year with six birdies and two bogeys, the last on No. 18 when his tee shot went into the water to drop him back into a tie for the lead.
S.Y. Noh, Arjun Atwal, Jeff Overton and J.J. Henry were a stroke back.
The second-ranked McIlroy, preparing for his U.S. Open title defense next week at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, matched Padraig Harrington, Y.E. Yang and John Daly at 68.
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Beatriz Recari, Ryann O'Toole and Giulia Sergas shot 3-under 69 to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Championship, while defending champion Yani Tseng matched her high score of the year with a 76.
The top-ranked Tseng, a 10-stroke winner last year in the major championship, had six bogeys and only two birdies on the narrow Locust Hill Country Club course. She has three victories this year.
Jeong Jang reached 5 under but bogeyed four of her final five holes to finish in a tie at 70 with 2010 champion Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Se Ri Pak, Na Yeon Choi, Ai Miyazato and Mika Miyazato.
Stacy Lewis, who has won two of her last three starts, had a 72. Michelle Wie, trying to break out of a season-long slump, opened with a 74. Cheyenne Woods, the niece of Tiger Woods, shot a 75 in her first event as a professional.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Dan Forsman and Bill Glasson shared the first-round lead in the Regions Tradition, shooting 6-under 66 at Shoal Creek in the second of the Champions Tour's five major championships.
Glasson was in the first group teeing off and had sole possession of the lead for about four hours until Forsman capped a run of four straight birdies on No. 14 to catch up.
Glasson has undergone 25 surgeries, including back and neck fusions. This is the first time he's held at least a share of the lead since the 1997 Las Vegas Invitational, where he claimed the last of his seven PGA Tour titles. Forsman, a five-time PGA Tour winner, won the season opener at Hualalai.
Fred Funk was a stroke back, and Bernard Langer opened with a 68. Defending champion Tom Lehman was three strokes back at 69 along with Brad Bryant, Russ Cochran and Bruce Fleisher.
BRO, Sweden (AP) — Third-ranked Lee Westwood shot an 8-under 64 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round at the European Tour's Nordea Masters.
The Englishman was at 12 under at Bro Hof Slott. Sweden's Peter Hanson (68), Scotland's Lloyd Saltman (64) and Spain's Carlos del Moral (67) were tied for second.
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