Kuchar fights spells

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS -

Matt Kuchar fought dizzy spells in the first round of the RBC Cana­dian Open in Oakville, On­tario, four days af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Jor­dan Spi­eth in the Bri­tish Open at Royal Birk­dale. Kuchar ( 1- un­der- par 71) was six strokes be­hind lead­ers Kevin Chap­pell, Matt Ev­ery, Hud­son Swaf­ford, Bran­don Hagy and Ol­lie Sch­nieder­jans in the round that was sus­pended be­cause of dark­ness af­ter af­ter­noon play was in­ter­rupted for nearly two hours by light­ning and rain.

GOLF Five share lead

Matt Kuchar fought dizzy spells in the first round of the RBC Cana­dian Open on Thurs­day, four days af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond be­hind Jor­dan Spi­eth in the Bri­tish Open at Royal Birk­dale. “I had a cou­ple of spells where I got a lit­tle bit of dizzy and I feel weak,” Kuchar said. “I don’t know where it came from. I’ve had plenty of time to get over the travel. Hope­fully, it’s just some­thing that passes real quick. … I shook it off the cou­ple times it hap­pened.” The 39- year- old Amer­i­can be­came dizzy mark­ing a ball and sought med­i­cal at­ten­tion dur­ing the morn­ing round at Glen Abbey. Af­ter play­ing the first 11 holes in 4 un­der, he made a dou­ble bo­gey on the par-4 third and bo­geyed the par-4 eighth en route to a 1-un­der 71. Kuchar was six strokes be­hind lead­ers Kevin Chap­pell, Matt Ev­ery, Hud­son Swaf­ford, Bran­don Hagy and Ol­lie Sch­nieder­jans in the round that was sus­pended be­cause of dark­ness af­ter af­ter­noon play was in­ter­rupted for nearly two hours by light­ning and rain. Kuchar’s play­ing part­ner Bubba Wat­son was a stroke back af­ter a 66. David Ling­merth (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) and Tag Rid­ings (Ra­zor­backs) each shot a 67. Ken Duke (Arkadel­phia, Hen­der­son State) had a 68. Bryce Molder (Con­way) had a 71.

Webb ahead by 1

Hall of Famer Kar­rie Webb shot a 7-un­der 65 in cold and windy con­di­tions Thurs­day to take a on­e­stroke lead over Cristie Kerr in the Ladies Scot­tish Open at Irvine, Scot­land. Webb played the fi­nal 10 holes in 7 un­der at Dun­don­ald Links. The 42-year-old Aus­tralian star birdied the par-4 ninth, made five con­sec­u­tive birdies on Nos. 11-15 and added an­other birdie on the par-5 18th. Fel­low ma­jor cham­pi­ons Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) and In­bee Park were tied for third at 69 along with Sei Young Kim, Lina Bo­qvist and Por­nanong Phatlum. ANA In­spi­ra­tion win­ner So Yeon Ryu had a 71, and Michelle Wie shot 72.

Ly­dia Ko opened with a 74. Gaby Lopez (Ra­zor­backs) also had a 74.

Langer out front

Bern­hard Langer shot a 2-un­der 69 in wind and rain Thurs­day at Royal Porth­cawl to take the first-round lead in the Se­nior Bri­tish Open at Brid­gend, Wales. The 59-year-old Ger­man star had five birdies and three bo­geys for a one-stroke lead over 64-yearold Carl Ma­son of Eng­land and Mauri­cio Molina of Ar­gentina. Scot­land’s Colin Montgomerie was two strokes at 71 back along with Amer­i­cans Tom Lehman, Billy May­fair, Tom Per­nice Jr. and Billy An­drade, Aus­tralians Pe­ter Lonard and Pe­ter Fowler, France’s Jean-Fran­cois Remesy and South Africa’s Chris Wil­liams. Tom Wat­son, John Daly (Dar­danelle, Arkansas Ra­zor­backs)

and Clark Den­nis (Ra­zor­backs) topped the group at 72. Glen Day (Lit­tle Rock) had an 80.

Rain postpones play

The first round of the Web.com Dig­i­tal Ally Open was post­poned un­til to­day be­cause of five inches of rain that fell in the Over­land Park, Kan., area Wed­nes­day night. The plan is to play the first round to­day and make the 36-hole cut on Satur­day af­ter the sec­ond round is com­pleted. The re­main­ing field will play 36 holes on Sun­day.

Pair lead Open

Ju­lian Suri birdied five of the last eight holes to join Richard McEvoy of Eng­land for a share of the lead at 6-un­der 66 in the open­ing round of the Euro­pean Open near Ham­burg, Ger­many, on Thurs­day. De­fend­ing cham­pion Alexan­der Levy was among four tied at 5-un­der, along­side Chris Pais­ley, Stu­art Man­ley and 2011 Masters cham­pion Charl Schwartzel. Fif­teen-time Euro­pean Tour cham­pion Thomas Bjorn en­dured a dif­fi­cult open­ing round of 74 on the North Course. Pep An­gles (Cen­tral Arkansas) had a 71.

SOC­CER Galaxy’s ‘new’ coach

The LA Galaxy fired coach Curt Onalfo on Thurs­day just 20 games into his first sea­son and re-hired vet­eran coach Sigi Sch­mid to take over the strug­gling MLS pow­er­house. Onalfo went 6-10-4 af­ter be­ing pro­moted from the Galaxy’s devel­op­men­tal squad last win­ter when long­time coach Bruce Arena went back to the U.S. na­tional team. Onalfo never got con­sis­tent re­sults from a high-priced ros­ter of in­ter­na­tional tal­ent in­clud­ing Ash­ley Cole, Gio­vani Dos San­tos, Ro­main Alessan­drini, Jer­maine Jones and Gyasi Zardes. The Galaxy sit ninth in the West­ern Con­fer­ence af­ter los­ing six con­sec­u­tive games across all com­pe­ti­tions in July, in­clud­ing an em­bar­rass­ing 4-3 loss to New Eng­land last week­end. With mount­ing pres­sure to get re­sults, LA Galaxy Pres­i­dent Chris Klein scut­tled his pre­sea­son plan with Onalfo and re-hired Sch­mid, the win­ningest coach in MLS his­tory and a two-time league cham­pion.

Bradley joins LAFC

Bob Bradley has been named the first coach of the Los An­ge­les Foot­ball Club, the MLS ex­pan­sion fran­chise set to be­gin play next year. Bradley is the for­mer coach of the U.S. men’s na­tional team and the most ac­com­plished Amer­i­can coach in in­ter­na­tional club soc­cer his­tory. He had long been ru­mored to be a tar­get of the deep-pock­eted LAFC own­er­ship group, which hopes to make an im­me­di­ate MLS splash when it en­ters the na­tion’s sec­ond-largest mar­ket to com­pete with the LA Galaxy, the five-time MLS Cup cham­pi­ons. Bradley, 59, has no play­ers just yet on his new team, but he has a lengthy list of coach­ing ac­com­plish­ments.

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