Thursday's Golf Capsules
Friday, June 22, 2012
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — David Mathis had a hole-in-one and shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship.
The 38-year-old Mathis, who missed the cut last week in the U.S. Open, began play on the back nine, making a birdie on 10 before holing out from 158 yards shot on the par-3 11th hole. He was 6 under after six holes.
Nathan Green, Will Claxton and defending champion Fredrik Jacobson shot 65 on a day that saw temperatures soar into the upper 90s.
U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Masters winner Bubba Watson played together and finished in a group of 10 at 66. The third member of the threesome, PGA champion Keegan Bradley, shot a 68.
Mathis' ace was the shot of the day. He said he was just trying to cut a 9-iron close to the pin and it hit exactly where he aimed, bounced right and into the hole.
Former UCLA star Patrick Cantlay made his professional debut with a 75 on the same course where he made headlines last year with a second-round 60 as a 19-year-old amateur.
MANULIFE FINANCIAL LPGA CLASSIC
WATERLOO, Ontario (AP) — Sandra Changkija birdied six of her final eight holes for a career-best 8-under 63 and a three-stroke lead during the suspended first round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Play was suspended at 4:20 p.m. because of the threat of lightning in the area, and called off for the rest of the day at 6:30 p.m. Seventy-two players were unable to finish the round.
Changkija, making her eighth start in her rookie season, parred her first six holes after beginning play on No. 10, then birdied Nos. 16 and 18. With the wind picking up on the Grey Silo course, she birdied No. 2 and Nos. 4-8 for a front-nine 30.
China's Shanshan Feng, coming off a major victory two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship, shot a 66.
Sweden's Anna Nordqvist also was 5 under with five holes left.
Michelle Wie, trying to break out of a season-long slump, had a 70, breaking par for only the second time in 19 rounds this year. Second-ranked Stacy Lewis, a two-time winner this season, was 1 over with six holes left.
BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN
PULHEIM, Germany (AP) — Australia's Marcus Fraser and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti shot 8-under 64 to share the first-round lead in the BMW International Open.
England's Chris Wood, Danny Willett and Ireland's Paul McGinley were a stroke back at Gut Larcenhof. John Daly opened with a 68, and German star Martin Kaymer had a 71.
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