Tom Kite grabs lead after first round of U.S. Senior Open | Golf
Tom Kite set a U.S. Senior Open record with a 28 on the front nine at Indianwood and finished a 5-under 65 on Thursday. Corey Pavin's sixth birdie...
LAKE ORION, Mich. — Tom Kite set a U.S. Senior Open record with a 28 on the front nine at Indianwood and finished a 5-under 65 on Thursday.
Corey Pavin's sixth birdie on his 17th hole pulled him into a tie atop the leaderboard, but a penalty pushed him back to the pack after completing his first round.
Pavin hit a chip after his ball moved back a fraction of an inch when he grounded his club on his 14th hole and that later cost him two strokes.
"Yeah, I agree," he said after watching slow-motion replays of the infraction with officials in a TV trailer.
That setback put Bernhard Langer and Lance Ten Broeck in second place, one shot behind Kite.
It pushed Pavin into a five-way tie for fourth with Fred Funk, Jeff Sluman, Tom Pernice Jr. and Mikael Hogberg at 3-under 67.
Seattle native Fred Couples is seven shots behind Kite at 2-over 72.
• Troy Matteson scored 10 birdies en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of the TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 of second place Ricky Barnes. Matteson started by making birdies on three of his first four holes and finished with birdies on four of his first five. He nearly holed out from a bunker on the par-4 ninth for a 60, but settled for par.
Steve Stricker, chasing a fourth straight victory in the Deere, shot a 65 and had an eagle 2 on the par-4 14th.
Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor shot a 3-under 68. Ryan Moore of Puyallup shot a 4-under 67.
• Francesco Molinari tied the best round in the Scottish Open's 40-year history, shooting a 10-under 62 to take a two-shot lead in the British Open warm-up tournament.
The Italian had 10 birdies in his first 15 holes on the Castle Stuart links course, but missed a chance to shoot the first 59 on the European Tour by finishing with three straight pars.
"I know it's not going to last for much longer," he said. "I'll just try to enjoy the moment."
Phil Mickelson had a 73 on a day he was supposed to be at the Vatican with his wife and daughter. He cut short his vacation to get more practice ahead of the British Open.