Brendon Todd, aiming for 3rd victory in a row, opens with 66
3: Number of consecutive birdies that American Webb Simpson made on his final three holes Thursday to shoot 7-under 65 at the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic at Sea Island (Ga.) Resort. Simpson, who played the Plantation Course, led in relation to par, but American Cameron Tringale and South Korea’s Kyoung-Hoon Lee posted lower scores. They shot 64s on the Seaside Course, but they were only 6 under on the par-70 course. Both courses will be used for the first 36 holes, and the final two rounds will be played on the Seaside Course. American Brendon Todd, who is seeking a third consecutive victory, shot 4-under 66 on Seaside. Simpson, 34, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, stood 1 over through five holes before he played his final 13 in 8 under. He was one of the U.S. qualifiers for next month’s Presidents Cup (scores).
4: Number of consecutive birdies that France’s Mike Lorenzo-Vera made on his final four holes to shoot 9-under 63 for the first-round lead at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Lorenzo-Vera, 34, who is seeking his first victory, opened a two-stroke lead at Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course in the tour’s season finale. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy stood second at 8-under 64, followed by Spain’s Jon Rahm (66). England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who won last week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge to surge to No. 2 in the Race to Dubai season standings, shared fourth place with countryman Tom Lewis at 67. Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger, the Race to Dubai points leader, opened with a 70 (scores).
7: Number of strokes under par that South Korea’s Sei Young Kim stood to lead the LPGA’s CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla. Kim played bogey-free golf at Tiburon Golf Club to open a two-stroke lead over countrywoman So Yeon Ryu, American Nelly Korda and England’s Georgia Hall. Kim, 26, a nine-time winner on the LPGA, has won twice this year and stands seventh in the season standings. The $5 million tournament, the LPGA’s season finale, will pay a tour-record $1.5 million to the winner (scores).