Spaniard tops men’s event at 9-under 63, and Madelene Sagstrom and Haeji Kang co-lead women’s Vic Open in unique dual format
788: Position in the Official World Golf Ranking for Spain’s Alejandro Canizares, who shot 9-under 63 to take the first-round lead Thursday at the European Tour’s ISPS Handa Vic Open. Canizares played the Creek Course at the 13th Beach Golf Links in Barwon Heads, Australia, one of two being used for an innovative format in which men’s and women’s professionals alternate tee times while playing separate tournaments simultaneously. Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom and South Korea’s Haeji Kang shared the lead in the women’s event with 8-under 65s on the adjacent Beach Course. A 36-hole cut after Friday’s play will reduce both tournaments to the top 65 and ties, with the final two rounds on the Beach Course. The AUD$3 million (about $2 million) prize fund will be split equally between the men’s and women’s fields. Canizares, 37, is seeking his third victory on the European Tour but his first since 2014. Sagstrom, 27, won her first LPGA title two weeks ago in Boca Raton, Fla. Kang, 29, in her 12th season on the LPGA, is seeking her first victory (scores: men, women) .