Number of PGA professionals who qualified for the PGA Championship via the PGA Professional Championship late Wednesday at Seaside, Calif. Ryan Vermeer closed with a 1-over 73 at the Bayonet Course for a 5-under 283 total and two-stroke victory in the club pros’ national championship. Vermeer, 40, is the director of instruction at Happy Hollow Club in Omaha, Neb. The 100th PGA Championship will be played Aug. 9-12 at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis (scores).
Length, in feet, of the greenside bunker shot that American Jordan Spieth holed for eagle on the par-5 sixth hole at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., en route to a share of the first-round lead in the PGA Tour’s Travelers Championship. Spieth shot 7-under 63 to co-lead with countryman Zach Johnson, who birdied six consecutive holes, Nos. 11-16. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Americans Brian Harman and Peter Malnati were tied at 64 (scores). Last year, Spieth holed out from a greenside bunker at No. 18 to edge Daniel Berger in a sudden-death playoff. Spieth, who hasn’t won since his back-to-back victories last year at Travelers and the British Open, struggled while missing the cut in his past two starts (“Spieth seeks answers amid struggles,” June 21).
Score for co-leaders Sebastian Cappelen and Ben Kohles in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s Air Capital Classic at Crestview Country Club in Wichita, Kan. Cappelen, of Denmark, has missed the cut in eight of his past 10 starts on the developmental tour. Kohles, an American, is enjoying a much more consistent season, earning 12 checks in 13 starts, including four consecutive results of 14th or better (scores).
Score for France’s Sebastien Gros, whose 4-under round opened a one-stroke lead after Day 1 of the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof in Pulheim, Germany. Spain’s Jorge Campillo, Scotland’s Scott Jamieson, England’s Aaron Rai and Sweden’s Henric Sturehead shot 69s (scores).