Number of strokes under par that Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg stood Thursday after her first-round 65 led the LPGA’s ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lindberg, who started on the back nine at Mission Hills Country Club, birdied three of her final four holes in a bogey-free round to pull in front. Lindberg, 31, is winless since joining the LPGA in 2010. Spain’s Beatriz Recari and Japan’s Ayako Uehara were tied for second at 6-under 66. American Jessica Korda joined Swiss amateur Albane Valenzuela and South Korea’s Ha Na Jang at 67. The tournament is the LPGA’s first major championship of the season(scores).
Number of strokes under par that PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder of the U.S. stood through 15 holes when darkness suspended the first round of the Houston Open at Humble, Texas. More than 2 inches of rain overnight delayed by two hours the start of play and softened the Golf Club of Houston’s Tournament Course, prompting officials to allow improved lies. Americans Lucas Glover and Kevin Tway shot 65s and were tied at 7 under with compatriot Beau Hossler, whose round was suspended on his 17th hole. Ryder, 28, a Stetson graduate, is making his 12th start of the season. His best finish was a T-50 in the CareerBuilder Challenge. This year’s Houston Open is being played without a sponsor (scores).
First-round scores for Americans Christian Brand and Kyle Jones, the co-leaders at the Web.com Tour’s Savannah Golf Championship at The Landings Club’s Deer Creek Course in Savannah, Ga. Each came at his 7-under score from different directions. Brand blitzed his first six holes in six under, including a hole-out eagle on the par-4 fifth; Jones played his final five holes in 5 under, including an eagle at the par-5 14th. American Timothy O’Neal stood third at 66 after making his lone bogey of the day when he three-putted the par-5 18th (scores).
Number of magnolia trees that line the 330-yard Magnolia Drive that leads from Washington Road to the Augusta National Golf Club clubhouse in Augusta, Ga., site of next week’s Masters Tournament. The trees were grown from seeds planted in the 1850s.