Shin leads Women’s PGA
South Korean has a one-stroke lead over Canadian teen in opening round at Westchester.
South Korean Jenny Shin shot a bogey-free, seven-under-par 66 Thursday for a one-stroke lead after the opening round at the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship, the second major of the season.
Canadian teenager Brooke Henderson had a three-putt bogey on her final hole to drop a shot back after Shin birdied No. 18 at the Westchester Country Club at Harrison, N.Y.
Shin had five birdies and an eagle on the par-five 15th. The 17-year-old Henderson, playing on a sponsor exemption, eagled the par-five 12th. Hall of Famer Karrie Webb birdied three of the first four holes and finished at 68.
Ryan Palmer, Brooks Koepka and Greg Owen shot six-under 64 for a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after the opening round of the St. Jude Classic at Memphis, Tenn. Palmer, a three-time PGA Tour winner, turned in a bogey-free round with six birdies in the afternoon. Phil Mickelson was in a group at 68. Dustin Johnson withdrew after nine holes because of illness.
Defending champion Bernhard Langer had four birdies on the final five holes to tie a course record with a six-under-par 65 in the first round of the Senior Players Championship at Belmont, Mass. Guy Boros, Lee Janzen, and Rocco Mediate were tied for second at 67.