CHINA’S FENG LEADS EARLY IN WOMEN’S OPEN

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

Shan­shan Feng had her best round in the U.S. Women’s Open — and the firstround lead.

Af­ter­noon rain and light­ning forced of­fi­cials to sus­pend play for more than two hours Thurs­day in the big­gest event in women’s golf, and play was stopped be­cause of dark­ness with 39 play­ers still on the course. They will re­turn early Fri­day to com­plete the round at Trump Na­tional Golf Course.

The golf was ex­cel­lent and Feng was out­stand­ing, shoot­ing a 6-un­der 66 in a tour­na­ment in which she has rarely played well in her 10 sea­sons as a pro­fes­sional in the United States. It marked the first time the 27-year-old from China broke 70 in 42 Open rounds.

Mize shoots 64 in Se­niors.

OWINGS MILLS, MD.» Larry Mize birdied half the holes and shot an 8-un­der 64 for a one-stroke lead after the open­ing round of the Se­nior Play­ers Cham­pi­onship.

Seek­ing his sec­ond win on the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons, the 58-year-old Mize was 5-un­der after the front nine.

Ilo­nen leads Scot­tish Open ahead of Fowler.

IRVINE, SCOT­LAND» Mikko Ilo­nen fired a 65 to take a two-shot lead after the first found at the Scot­tish Open. Rickie Fowler was in a group of six play­ers at five un­der, along­side Amer­i­can Paul Peter­son, three-time Ma­jor Cham­pi­onship win­ner Padraig Har­ring­ton, English duo Ian Poul­ter and Cal­lum Shinkwin, and Aus­tralian An­drew Dodt.

How­ell, Schniederjans shoot 63 to share lead.

SIL­VIS, ILL.» Charles How­ell III and Ol­lie Schniederjans each shot an 8-un­der 63 in per­fect morn­ing con­di­tions to share the firstround lead in the John Deere Clas­sic.

How­ell birdied seven of his first nine holes and added a birdie on No. 7 at rain­soft­ened TPC Deere Run.

Four at 66 in Colo. Open qual­i­fier.

WEST­MIN­STER» Univer­sity of Colorado alum Justin Bard­gett of St. Louis and Den­ver na­tive Ethan Cas­tle tied two other play­ers by post­ing a 5-un­der 66 at Legacy Ridge Golf Course to take medal­ist hon­ors in qual­i­fier No. 3 for the CoBank Colorado Open.

Join­ing Bard­gett and Cas­tle are Ja­son Hol­ley of En­gle­wood and Cole Howard of Burleson, Texas. All four play­ers made six birdies and one bo­gey dur­ing their siz­zling rounds.

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