Number of violations during the opening round of the European Tour’s Shot Clock Masters, an innovative new tournament in which pace of play is monitored by a shot clock. Five threesomes finished in less than four hours Thursday. Sweden’s Oscar Lengden shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 at Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg, Austria, for a one-stroke lead over countryman Peter Hanson, Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez and Finland’s Tapio Pulkkanen. Each golfer in the 120-man field, if he is the first to play, has 50 seconds to play (tee shot, approach, chip or putt), with each succeeding competitor in the group allowed 40 seconds to play his shot. Players will incur a one-stroke penalty for each bad time incurred (scores).
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Sweden’s Oscar Lengden wastes no time in taking the first-round lead in the European Tour’s Shot Clock Masters in Atzenbrugg, Austria.
Number of Maguire sisters who will make their professional debuts today at the ShopRite LPGA Classic at Stockton Seaview Hotel and Golf Club’s Bay Course in Galloway, N.J. Irish twins Leona and Lisa Maguire, who recently graduated from Duke, will be competing on sponsor exemptions. Leona compiled the better college resume of the Maguires, winning 10 times at Duke, including three Atlantic Coast Conference titles, and twice was named the Annika Award winner as the top female college golfer (tee times).
Number of strokes under par that Seamus Power scored in a first-round 65 at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tenn., for the lead in the FedEx St. Jude Classic. Power, 31, an Irishman who played college golf at East Tennessee State, is seeking his first PGA Tour victory. Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson and reigning U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka were among 11 players tied at 66 in the Tour’s final tuneup before next week’s U.S. Open (scores).
Number of birdies that American Andrew Novak made in shooting a 7-under 65 for the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour’s Rust-Oleum Championship at Ivanhoe Club in Mundelein, Ill. Novak, 23, birdied four of five holes on Nos. 13-17 to get to 8 under before he made his third bogey of the day, at the par-4 18th. He has made three cuts in five starts this season, with a best finish of T-30 two weeks ago at the Nashville Golf Open. American Wes Roach and South African Jacques Blaauw were second at 66 (scores).
Number of combined strokes under par that American Scott McCarron has scored in his past two appearances in the Champions Tour’s Principal Charity Classic. McCarron won the title in 2016 and tied for second last year. He returns to Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa, for today’s start of the tournament (tee times).
Record, in favor of the U.S., in the biennial Curtis Cup matches against Great Britain and Ireland’s top female amateurs in a series that renews today at Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, N.Y. Despite the one-sided history, GB&I won in 2016 in Ireland and has prevailed in two of the past three matches (tee times).