Number of strokes by which Cameron Smith leads after the first round of the PGA Tour’s CIMB Classic. Smith, 24, of Australia, shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 on Thursday at TPC Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Thailand’s Poom Saksansin and Americans Xander Schauffele and Keegan Bradley were tied for second at 65. Justin Thomas, the recent FedEx Cup champion and the Tour’s reigning player of the year who is seeking a third consecutive victory in the CIMB Classic, shot 70 (scores: http://bit.ly/2yhh0bZ).
Number of consecutive birdies made by Min-Sun Kim to close her round for a 6-under 66 and share of the first-round lead in the LPGA KEB Hana Bank Championship in Incheon, South Korea. Kim, a South Korean, was tied with countrywoman Sung Hyun Park and Australia’s Minjee Lee at Sky72 Golf Club’s Ocean Course. American Cristie Kerr, who turned 40 on Thursday and was four days removed from a victory in the Lacoste Ladies French Open, joined countrywomen Marina Alex and Lizette Salas among five tied at 5-under 67 (scores: http://bit.ly/1zkYSEX).
Number of players tied atop the leaderboard after the first round of the European Tour’s Italian Open. Defending champion Francesco Molinari of Italy, Englishmen Eddie Pepperell and Matt Wallace, Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Sweden’s Alexander Bjork and Wales’ Jamie Donaldson shot 7-under 64 at Milan Golf Club in Parco Reale di Monza, Italy (scores: http://bit.ly/2yeDtZo).
Length, in feet, of the winning putt that Josh Nichols of Kernersville, N.C., made on the 18th hole of his semifinal match to advance to today’s U.S. Mid-Amateur final against Matt Parziale, of Brockton, Mass. Nichols, 26, a wedding caterer, and Parziale, 30, a firefighter, will meet at 8 a.m. at Capital City Club’s Crabapple Course in Atlanta in a scheduled 36-hole match. In addition to the customary invitation to the Masters, the winner for the first time also will receive an exemption into the 2018 U.S. Open (scores: http://bit.ly/2xpxhhv).