Former Amateur champ fires a 63

Former Amateur champ fires a 63

first_imgHensby said this is his first time playing the 7,125-yard Raptor course where it was sunny and the temperature reached 90 degrees. “I went to Geoff Ogilvy’s wedding here,” he said. “That was the only time.” Hensby entered the tournament ranked 151st. Suzann Pettersen is at it again. Seemingly a fixture on every recent LPGA Tour leaderboard, the Norwegian star birdied the final two holes in windy and cool conditions for a 3-under 69 and a share of the first-round lead in Gyeongju, South Korea. Seeking her fourth LPGA Tour victory and fifth overall title of the year, Pettersen had five birdies in a bogey-free back nine after making the turn in 2 over on the soggy Mauna Ocean course. South Korea’s Meena Lee also shot a 69 on the overcast day with temperatures in the 50s and the shifting wind gusting to 20 mph. “It was very difficult with the wind gusting around, hard to get the right club without the wind changing on you,” Pettersen said. “It’s a great golf course. You have to be on the right parts of the green. Some of the par-5s are reachable, so you try to take advantage. I’m very happy with 3 under.” Scotland’s Catriona Matthew was two strokes back at 71 along with South Koreans Jeong Jang, Hyun-Hee Moon and Joo Mi Kim. Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa topped a group at 72 that included South Korean stars Se Ri Pak and Seon Hwa Lee. Champions Tour rookie Mark O’Meara made a successful return to the site of one of his PGA Tour victories, shooting an 8-under 63 to take the first-round lead at Oak Hills Country Club in San Antonio. O’Meara had an eagle, eight birdies and two bogeys at the A.W. Tillinghast-designed course where he closed with a 63 to win the 1990 Texas Open. John Cook (Miraleste High), making his second Champions Tour start, and Wayne Levi were two strokes back after bogey-free 65s. Defending champion Fred Funk, Tom Kite, Tom Purtzer and 2003 champion Craig Stadler opened with 66s, and Mark James, Gil Morgan, Lonnie Nielsen, Scott Simpson and D.A. Weibring shot 67s. O’Meara has three second-place finishes in his first season on the Champions Tour, including last week when he was eight strokes behind Bernhard Langer at the Administaff Small Business Classic in Spring, Texas. Hana Bank KOLON Championship AT&T Championship Portugal Masters Argentina’s Daniel Vancsik followed his opening 11-under 61 with a 66 to take a two-stroke lead in Vilamoura. Vancsik led for the first three rounds of the Madrid Open last week before a quintuple-bogey 9 cost him any chance at the title. Vancsik had a 14-under 130 total. Martin Erlandsson (68), Ross Fisher (64), Alvaro Quiros (66) and Steve Webster (66) were tied for second.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Ryan Moore had a talk with himself a week ago after a third-round meltdown in Las Vegas. He must have been a good listener. The bearded 24-year-old former U.S. Amateur champion matched his career low round with a 7-under-par 63 on Friday to take a three-stroke lead halfway through the Fry’s Electronics Open at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Moore, who has three second-place finishes in his three years on the tour, was at 11-under 129. Moore, who underwent surgery on his left hand a year ago, said a minor change in his grip made the difference. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“I just felt comfortable out there,” he said. “I’ve played well on this golf course before. I actually won a tournament (Thunderbird International Junior) here when I was 18. I just struck the ball well and gave myself a lot of chances.” Australian Mark Hensby was one of three tied at 8-under 132 after a career-low round of 61. Ben Crane and Daisuke Maruyama also were at 132. Canadian Mike Weir, the 2003 Masters champion, joined Carl Pettersson and Nick Watney four shots back at 7-under 133. The event’s biggest name, Phil Mickelson, shot 70 for a 1-over 141 and missed the cut. Moore has finished second three times, including the Memorial in June, but has never won since turning pro after the 2005 Masters. He said he’s been inconsistent since last year’s surgery. He was at 12 under after his eighth birdie of the day, on the par-4, 332-yard 15th, before losing a stroke with a bogey on the 17th. last_img


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