GOLF: Course-record 63 gives Every Texas Open lead
April 20, 2012
SAN ANTONIO (AP) – Matt Every shot a course-record 9-under 63 on Thursday to take a three-stroke lead over Hunter Haas after the first round of the Texas Open.
Every, who has never finished higher than third on the PGA Tour, had nine birdies in a bogey-free round. It was a career best on the notoriously unforgiving TPC San Antonio course.
Ben Curtis opened with a 67, and Fredrik Jacobson, Cameron Beckman, Jason Gore, Troy Matteson and Derek Lamely shot 68. Matt Kuchar bogeyed his final hole for a 70, and Johnson Wagner had a 74 after speaking optimistically about taking advantage of the absence of star players in the field.
TIANJIN, China (AP) – England’s Matthew Baldwin shot a 7-under 65 in calm early conditions at Binhai Lake to take the first-round lead in the China Open.
Dutchman Joost Luiten, England’s Gary Boyd, Australia’s Scott Strange, France’s Jean Baptiste Gonnet, Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed and South Africa’s Jbe Kruger were tied for second.
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Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, the winner last year at Luxehills, was three strokes back at 68 along with Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie and England’s Paul Casey. Sweden’s Peter Hanson, coming off a third-place finish in the Masters, matched England’s Ian Poulter with a 71.
China’s Guan Tian-lang, who at 13 years, 173 days the youngest player ever in a European Tour event, opened with a 77. The event also is sanctioned by the OneAsia Tour and the China Golf Association.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Defending champion Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first round of the Asian Tour’s Indonesian Masters.
The third-ranked Englishman had nine birdies and two bogeys at Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Thailand’s Arnond Vongvanij was second.