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Michelle Wie leads af­ter first round of Women’s Bri­tish Open.

ST. AN­DREWS, Scot­land — Fin­ish­ing fast af­ter a slow start, Michelle Wie birdied her last three holes Thurs­day for an 8-un­der 64 for a oneshot lead in the Women’s Bri­tish Open.

Wie bo­geyed the par5 sec­ond hole at Kings­barns Links, and that was the last of her mis­takes. The 27-year-old Amer­i­can shot 30 on the back nine and wound up one shot ahead of I.K. Kim of South Korea.

Lindy Dun­can was an­other shot be­hind at 66, with Lexi Thomp­son among those at 67.

Stacy Lewis (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) shot a 2-un­der 70. Gaby Lopez (Ra­zor­backs) had a 71.

So Yeon Ryu, the No. 1 player in the world, opened with a 71.

Wie, show­ing no sign of the neck spasms that forced her to with­draw from last month’s U.S Women’s Open, posted nine birdies dur­ing a morn­ing round played in al­most per­fect weather on the east­ern coast of Scot­land.

Only later did tor­ren­tial down­pours and the threat of light­ning twice dis­rupt play for a to­tal of 74 min­utes.

Laura Davies was one who suf­fered from the in­ter­rup­tions. Six-un­der par through 14 holes, the 53-year old from Eng­land fin­ished with a mildly dis­ap­point­ing 68, the same score posted by Charley Hull, Bri­tain’s top player.

There were no such prob­lems for Wie.

Fol­low­ing her early dropped shot — a badly skulled lob wedge fin­ished far over the sec­ond green — she reeled off three birdies be­fore the turn. Over the back nine, it only got bet­ter with six birdies in the fi­nal eight holes.


Huh leads Bar­racuda

RENO, Nev. — John Huh had eight birdies and one bo­gey for 15 points and the lead af­ter the first round Thurs­day at the PGA Tour’s Bar­racuda Cham­pi­onship.

Miguel An­gel Car­ballo and Stu­art Ap­pleby were tied for sec­ond place with 14 points apiece at the Mon­treaux Golf and Coun­try Club course.

Bran­don Hagy, Ben Martin, Ryan Palmer, Dicky Pride and Pat­ton Kizzire each had 13 points.

The play­ers are us­ing a Mod­i­fied Stable­ford scor­ing for­mat.

Tag Rid­ings (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) had 7 birdies and 4 bo­geys for 10 points. Ken Duke (Arkadel­phia, Hen­der­son State) had 5 birdies and 4 bo­geys for 6 points.

WEB.COM TOUR Curry draws crowd

HAY­WARD, Calif. — There was the an­i­mated, con­fi­dent Stephen Curry that NBA fans know so well, the two-time league MVP fi­nally feel­ing it and mak­ing the tough shots on the chal­leng­ing course at TPC Stone­brae while play­ing in his highly an­tic­i­pated professional golf de­but.

He fin­ished at 4-over 74 with a bo­gey on the last hole.

Curry drew quite a crowd to the Tour’s El­lie Mae Clas­sic, where Hall of Fame wide re­ceiver Jerry Rice has played a few times in the past.

Bran­don Harkins, Ni­cholas Thomp­son and Car­los Or­tiz lead the first round, each with a 6-un­der 64.

Curry missed badly on his ini­tial ball of the day, land­ing his tee shot off a hill that kicked it per­fectly into the cup holder of a golf cart. He then took a drop.

Curry fin­ished the par-5 15th by sink­ing a 5-foot, down­hill birdie putt. He made par on No. 16, then sur­vived a tee shot to the bunker and a near stum­ble climb­ing out of the sand on the par-4 18th and made about an 8-footer to save par.

Curry has a spon­sor ex­emp­tion and is one of three am­a­teurs in the event.

Austin Cook (Jones­boro, Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) had a 3-un­der 67. Tay­lor Moore (Ra­zor­backs) shot a 2-un­der 68. Matt Atkins (Hen­der­son State) had an even-par 70. Zack Fis­cher (Lit­tle Rock) had a 1-over 71. Ethan Tracy (Ra­zor­backs) had a 73.


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