Blake shares three-way tie for lead at Bri­tish Se­niors

Langer, Ma­son also on top of Amer­i­can-dom­i­nated field

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CARNOUSTIE, Scot­land — Jay Don Blake shot a 4un­der-par 67 to lead a strong Amer­i­can show­ing in the open­ing round of the Bri­tish Se­niors Open at Carnoustie on Thurs­day.

Blake is in a three-way tie at the top of the leader­board along­side Ger­many’s Bern­hard Langer and Eng­land’s Carl Ma­son. Be­low that trio, the only non-Amer­i­can in the next 17 places was Scots­man Sam Tor­rance, who shot a 69.

Carnoustie, widely rated as the tough­est links lay­out on the Bri­tish Open cham­pi­onship ro­ta­tion, is vastly dif­fer­ent from most of the cour­ses on the Cham­pi­ons Tour.

“It’s a golf course where you can’t be ag­gres­sive be­cause you can’t fly the ball at flags like we are used to over in the cour­ses we play in Amer­ica,” said Blake, who had six birdies and two bo­geys. “I have had to learn a whole new game, which is fun. It’s ex­cit­ing, but it’s tough.

“I just tried to stay out of the death bunkers, as I call them, be­cause it’s a cer­tain one-shot penalty get­ting in them.”

Among the Amer­i­cans chas­ing the lead­ers were U.S. Ry­der Cup cap­tain Corey Pavin (69) and for­mer cap­tain Tom Lehman (71).

De­la­hous­saye shoots 62 in Cana­dian Open

TORONTO — Brent De­la­hous­saye shot an 8-un­der 62 to match the Cana­dian Open record, mak­ing an ea­gle, seven birdies and a bo­gey in per­fect scor­ing con­di­tions at his­toric St. Ge­orge’s.

De­la­hous­saye, a 29-year-old for­mer Clem­son player whose lone pro­fes­sional vic­tory came in the 2006 Hoot­ers Tour Clas­sic, started on the ninth hole and played the front nine — his first and last eight holes — in 6un­der 28. Be­cause of lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems, the play­ers started on Nos. 1 and 9 in­stead of the usual first and 10th.

Oosthuizen shares lead

STOCK­HOLM — Bri­tish Open cham­pion Louis Oosthuizen shot a 5-un­der 67 and was tied with Aus­tralia’s Richard Green and Dustin John­son of the United States af­ter the first round of the Scan­di­na­vian Masters.

Four days af­ter his run­away vic­tory at St. An­drews, Oosthuizen started with a birdie at the par-5, 578-yard first hole.

Green reached his 67 af­ter post­ing three con­sec­u­tive bird-

ies from the 11th.

Pres­sel shoots 66

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Mor­gan Pres­sel of the United States birdied the first three holes and fin­ished with a 6-un­der 66 to lead af­ter the first round of the Evian Masters.

Melissa Reid of Eng­land and Sun-Ju Ahn of South Korea each birdied the last hole to join her in the lead.

Song-Hee Kim and M.J. Hur of South Korea were a stroke be­hind the lead­ers.

Michelle Wie was tied for sixth af­ter a 68. De­fend­ing cham­pion Ai Miyazato was three shots be­hind the lead­ers af­ter a 69.

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