Marc Leishman fires a 10-under 61 to grab first round lead at Byron Nelson.
DALLAS — Marc Leishman shot a 10-under 61 on the new links-style Trinity Forest course to take the first-round lead Thursday in the AT&T Byron Nelson.
Jordan Spieth was eight shots back in his hometown event, which returned to Dallas after 35 years at the TPC Four Seasons in suburban Irving. Defending champion Billy Horschel shot 68.
Leishman opened with an eagle, started the back nine with three straight birdies and reached 9 under with another eagle at the 14th.
The 34-year-old Australian, a three-time PGA Tour winner, had chances to go lower but settled for a 10-foot birdie putt at the par-3 17th for the lowest round of his PGA Tour career. He was a stroke shy of the Nelson record.
J.J. Spaun and Texan Jimmy Walker shot 64. Spaun had six birdies in a span of seven holes for a 30 on his second nine — the front nine on the undulating layout with no trees or water hazards a few miles south of downtown Dallas.
Miguel Angel Jimenez leads Regions Tradition:
Miguel Angel Jimenez matched the course record with an 8-under 64 on Thursday in Birmingham, Ala. to take the first-round lead in the Regions Tradition, the first of the PGA Tour Champions’ five major championships.
Jimenez birdied the first four holes and broke the front-nine record at 6-under 30 at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The Spaniard took the outright lead with a short birdie putt on No. 13 after a rain delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes.
Jimenez tied the course record set by Kenny Perry in the first round in 2016 and matched by Bernhard Langer in the final round a year ago. Jimenez also opened with a 64 in the Chubb Classic before finishing ninth.
“The only hole I didn’t play well, the 18th, but I missed my driver,” Jimenez said. “We were rushed looking at the weather coming or not and the gusting wind started to come in and I rushed myself.”
Gene Sauers, Wes Short Jr., Jerry Kelly and Joe Durant were second at 66.
Two-time defending champion Langer closed with a birdie for a 70. He has a record 10 senior major titles and is trying to become the first to win the Tradition three straight years since it began in 1989.
Scott McCarron was among four players three shots back at 67. He had one of the better shots of the day, though, with an eagle from the fairway on No. 11 after taking a drop. “That’s why you take a drop, right there,” he said after the long eagle.
Mark Calcavecchia withdrew after 11 holes. He recently broke his left big toe tripping over a tow bar.
5 share LPGA lead after opening 65s at Kingsmill:
Annie Park turned a blistering stretch on the back nine into a mistake-free 6-under 65 and a share of the firstround lead on a crowded leaderboard Thursday at the Kingsmill Championship at Williamsburg, Va.
Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz, In Gee Chun and Jaye Marie Green also shot 65. Park, Korda and Munoz played morning rounds in mild conditions, while Chun and Green played in rain that is expected to also be a factor today and Saturday on the resort’s already soggy River Course.
Park, playing in just her third tour event of the season and seeking her first career victory, was 2 under when she hit the flag and birdied the par-4 14th hole. She then nearly holed her second shot on the par-5 15th after hitting “an OK 3-wood” that left her with a short eagle putt, and also birdied the par-4 16th.
“Overall, I had a great day,” she said. “I hit some good shots. Lucky enough, I had some short birdie putts, short eagle putt, and that helps.”
Munoz had seven birdies and one bogey, and Korda and Chun were bogey-free. Green had seven birdies and bogeyed No. 18.
Nasa Hataoka and 2016 winner Ariya Jutanugarn were one back. Hataoka’s bogey-free round included an ace at the par-3 17th. It was her first as a professional. There were nine more at 67, including 2015 champion Minjee Lee.
Cristie Kerr, whose three victories make her the only multiple winner at Kingsmill, opened with a 71, and defending champion Lexi Thompson, who set a tournament record last year at 20-under 264, was in a tie for 49th with Michelle Wie and numerous others after a 70.
Detry in seven-way tie for lead at Belgian Knockout:
Home favorite Thomas Detry was in a seven-way tie for the lead after the first day of the inaugural Belgian Knockout on Thursday in Antwerp.
Detry carded a 4-under 67 to share the lead with English pair Matthew Baldwin and Ryan Evans, Spaniard Jorge Campillo, Nico Geyger of Chile, Malaysian Gavin Green and Jeff Winther of Denmark.
The event has an unusual format. The opening two rounds are stroke play before the leading 64 players compete in 9-hole knockout stroke-play matches over the weekend.
Miguel Angel Jimenez matched the course record with an 8-under 64 for the first-round lead at Regions Tradition.