Leish­man shoots 61 in de­but of Dal­las course

Orlando Sentinel - - SOCCER / BIANCHI / GOLF -

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.

WIL­LIAMS­BURG, Va. — 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.

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.

BIRM­ING­HAM, Ala. — Miguel An­gel Jimenez matched the course record with an 8-un­der 64 to take the first-round lead in the Re­gions Tra­di­tion, the first of the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons' five ma­jor cham­pi­onships.

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