Phil Mickelson shoots 65 in season debut, trails by 2
5-3: Length, in feet and inches, of the eagle putt that Canadian Nick Taylor made after hitting a 315-yard drive onto the green at TPC Summerlin’s 15th hole, his sixth of the day. The deuce sparked a 6-under stretch through six holes early in his round as Taylor shot 8-under 63 for the first-round lead at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas. Taylor, 31, is looking for his second victory on Tour. Phil Mickelson, making his season debut, shot 6-under 65 after making bogey on his first hole. Brooks Koepka, who is No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking and also making his season debut, struggled with four bogeys and shot 1-under 70 (scores).
8: Number of birdies that Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow racked up to shoot a bogey-free 63 and take the first-round lead at the LPGA’s Volunteers of America Classic in The Colony, Texas. Meadow, 27, made five consecutive birdies early in her round, on Nos. 2-6 at Old American Golf Club, en route to a career-low round and a two-stroke lead. Meadow, the 2012 NCAA champion with Alabama, has not recorded a top-10 finish in 20 starts this season and is seeking her first victory on the LPGA. Americans Dori Carter and Amy Olson shared second at 65 (scores).
63: Score for Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen, who led the European Tour’s Spanish Open after the first round in Madrid. Johannessen, 24, a tour rookie, shot 8 under at Club de Campo Villa de Madrid. Spain’s Adri Arnaus stood second at 6-under 66. Spain’s Jon Rahm, who at No. 5 in the Official World Golf Ranking is the highest-ranked player in the field and the defending champion, shared third with countryman Rafa Cabrera Bello and four others at 67 (scores).
65: Score for co-leaders Kendra Dalton, Daniela Iacobelli and Laura Wearn through 18 holes at the Symetra Tour Championship in Daytona Beach, Fla. All three of the Americans birdied the par-5 18th hole at LPGA International’s Jones Course to claim a share of the lead (scores). After Sunday’s final round, the top 10 on the developmental tour’s season money list will earn LPGA tour cards for 2020.