Number of players who shared the lead after the first round of the U.S. Women’s Open on Thursday. Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, South Korea’s Jeongeun6 Lee and Australia’s Sarah Jane Smith shot 5-under 67s at Shoal Creek (Ala.) Club, which finally got a day of sunshine after the remnants of Subtropical Storm Alberto drenched the suburban course for with more than 4 inches of rain during the preceding 48 hours. The U.S. Golf Association, true to form, did not allow preferred lies. Americans Michelle Wie and Danielle Kang shared fourth place at 3-under 69 with Swedish amateur Linn Grant, who intends to enroll at Arizona State in the fall. And, no, that’s not a typo in the name of Jeongeun6 Lee. She uses the number at the end of her first name because she is the sixth player with that name in Korean LPGA history (scores).
Number of strokes under par that co-leaders Abraham Ancer, who holds dual citizenship from the U.S. and Mexico, Hideki Matsuyama of Japan and Joaquin Niemann of Chile stood after 18 holes in the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. Matsuyama, 26, a five-time Tour winner, holed out from 137 yards for eagle at the par-4 17th, after having birdied the four previous holes, to surge into a share of the lead at 65. American Beau Hossler stood fourth at 6-under 66 (scores).
First-round scores for Robert Rock, Laurie Canter and Richard Sterne as they led the European Tour’s Italian Open at 8 under. Canter, 28, an Englishman who is seeking his first tour victory, played bogey-free golf and eagled the par-5 seventh hole at Gardagolf Country Club, on the shores of Lake Garda in northern Italy. Sterne, 36, a six-time European Tour winner from South Africa, rattled off 10 birdies, including three runs of three in a row, but made two bogeys. Rock, 41, a two-time winner from England, incurred only one bogey against seven birdies and an eagle. The Italian Open is the second event on the eight-tournament Rolex Series (scores).
First-round scores for Sebastian Munoz and Roger Sloan as they led the Web.com Tour’s Rex Hospital Open at 7 under. After making bogey at the par-4 first hole at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C., Munoz, 25, a Colombian who spent last season on the PGA Tour, made eight birdies against no bogeys the rest of the way. Sloan, 31, a Canadian who played the 2014-15 season on the PGA Tour, played bogey-free golf in a bid for his second career Web.comTour victory. American Chris Baker and Austrian Sepp Straka shared third at 65 (scores).