Brooks Koepka eagles final hole to shoot 69 in season debut
1: Number of strokes by which South Korea’s Byeong Hun An led the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges in his homeland after Thursday’s first round. An birdied four of his first seven holes en route to a bogey-free 8-under 64 at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island, South Korea. An, 28, who entered the event after consecutive missed cuts, is looking for his first victory in his fifth season on Tour. Chile’s Joaquin Niemann, who won the season opener at The Greenbrier, stood second at 7-under 65. Australian Jason Day, a former world No. 1 who was making his season debut, held third place at 66. Norway’s Viktor Hovland shot 69 for his 18th consecutive round in the 60s, the longest streak on the PGA Tour since 1983. Hovland was among a large group at T-15 that included American Brooks Koepka, the world’s top-ranked player and the defending champion, who eagled his final hole, the par-5 18th, to get to 3 under (scores).
3: Number of the top three money winners on the Champions Tour this season who will be paired together in the first round of the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va. Americans Scott McCarron and Jerry Kelly, three-time winners this year who rank 1-2, respectively, on the money list, will be paired with No. 3 earner Kirk Triplett in the 12:16 p.m. EDT group today at Country Club of Virginia. It will be the first of three season-ending playoff events on the 50-and-older tour (tee times).
65: Scores posted by New Zealand’s Ryan Fox and South Africa’s George Coetzee, the first-round co-leaders at the European Tour’s French Open in Guyancourt, France. Each player offset one bogey with seven birdies to post a 6-under round at Le Golf National, the site of the 2016 Ryder Cup. France’s Benjamin Hebert shared third place with American Kurt Kitayama and Scotland’s Richie Ramsay at 5-under 66 (scores).
67: Scores posted by Japan’s Nasa Hataoka and South Korea’s Amy Yang, who shared the first-round lead in the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament in China. Each offset one bogey with six birdies at Qizhong Garden Golf Club in Shanghai. Hataoka, 20, has finished among the top seven in her past five starts across the U.S. and Japan LPGA tours. She won her third LPGA title in March at the Kia Classic. Yang, 30, has won four times on the LPGA, all in Asia, with the Honda LPGA Thailand in February being her most recent title. Americans Jessica Korda and Angel Yin shared third place at 68. Defending champion Danielle Kang of the U.S. birdied two of her last four holes to shoot 69 for a share of fifth place (scores).