Kuchar fights spells
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.