Englishman shoots 65 to join Austria's Matthias Schwab atop European Tour leaderboard
4: Number of consecutive birdies that England’s Tom Lewis made in polishing off a 7-under 65 on Thursday at Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek, Turkey, to grab a share of the first-round lead in the European Tour’s Turkish Airlines Open. He was tied with Austria’s Matthias Schwab. Lewis, 28, is seeking his third European Tour title. Schwab, 24, who played college golf at Vanderbilt, has yet to win in two seasons on the tour. American David Lipsky was tied for third with former Ryder Cup players Alex Noren of Sweden and Thomas Pieters of Denmark at 6-under 66. England's Justin Rose, the two-time defending champion, closed with three consecutive birdies to shoot 5-under 67 for a share of sixth place (scores).
5: Number of weeks off that American Lexi Thompson has taken since her last appearance, a missed cut at the Indy Women in Tech Championship in late September. Thompson missed cuts in three of her five most recent starts before the extended break. She has slipped to No. 8 in the Rolex Rankings but will return to competition today at the LPGA’s Toto Japan Classic (tee times). As the fourth and final stop on the LPGA’s Asia Swing, the 78-woman event will be held at Seta Golf Club in Otsu. Thompson, 24, an 11-time winner on the LPGA, has won at least once in each of the past seven seasons.
63: Score for American Jeff Maggert, who opened a one-stroke lead at 8 under in the first round of the Champions Tour’s Charles Schwab Cup Championship in Phoenix. Maggert, who started the 2019 finale at No. 31 in the season standings, made nine birdies against one bogey at Phoenix Country Club. Germany's Bernhard Langer stood second at 7-under 64. Americans Steve Flesch and Paul Goydos and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez shared third place at 6-under 65. Scott McCarron (69), who leads the standings, and runner-up Jerry Kelly (66) would clinch the season title with a victory. Nos. 3-5 in the standings – Langer, Colin Montgomerie (67) and Retief Goosen (66), respectively – also could win the 2019 title with a victory this weekend, but they would need some help to pull it off (scores).