Tony Romo shoots 2-under 70, could make 1st cut in 4th Tour start
Number of players atop the leaderboard after Thursday’s first round of the PGA Tour’s Safeway Open in Napa, Calif. American Andrew Landry and Australian Adam Scott shot 7-under 65s at Silverado Resort & Spa’s North Course. Italy’s Francesco Molinari and American Matthew NeSmith shared third place at 66. Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback who is playing on a sponsor exemption, shot 2-under 70 and was in position to make his first weekend cut in his fourth Tour start.
Percentage increase in rounds played in August, compared with the same month in 2018, according to Golf Datatech’s National Golf Rounds Played Report. The improvement brings the rounds played for the first eight months of 2019 to equal with the number played to this point in 2018.
Number of strokes under par that South Korea’s Mi Jung Hur shot to lead the LPGA’s Indy Women in Tech Championship in Indianapolis. Hur, 29, a three-time winner in 11 LPGA seasons, shot 63 at Brickyard Crossing Golf Course to open a two-stroke lead. England’s Bronte Law, Denmark’s Nanna Koerstz Madsen and Japan’s Sakura Yokomine shared second place at 65.
Score for South Africa’s Justin Walters, who opened a one-stroke lead at the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in St. Andrews, Scotland. Walters shot a bogey-free 9-under round at the Old Course, one of three sites being used in the first 54 holes of the 54-hole, two-man pro-am event. Carnoustie and Kingsbarns also are in the rotation through Saturday. Walters, 38, has struggled this year after a calf injury and the death of his father, posting no finish better than 26th in 23 starts on the European Tour. He is seeking his first victory in his 208th start. After 54 holes, the top 60 professionals and ties, plus the 20 lowest-scoring pro-am teams, will return to the Old Course for Sunday’s final round.
Number of junior golfers, from 52 First Tee chapters, who will be paired with the professionals competing at the Champions Tour’s Pure Insurance Championship, which begins today at Pebble Beach (Calif.) Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course on the Monterey Peninsula. Each pro and junior will play with two other amateurs. The pro/junior teams will play gross better ball; the amateur teams will play net better ball.