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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.

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Miguel An­gel Jimenez matched the course record with an 8-un­der 64 for the first-round lead at Re­gions Tra­di­tion.

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