Number of strokes under par that New Zealand’s Ryan Fox stood after the first round to lead the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Ballyliffin (Ireland) Golf Club. Fox, 31, of New Zealand, is looking for his first European Tour victory after having won twice on the PGA Tour of Australasia and twice on the Challenge Tour. Local favorite Padraig Harrington was among a group of seven tied at 4-under 68 (scores).
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Ryan Fox, the 18-hole leader in the Irish Open, seeks his first European Tour title.
First-round score for American Webb Simpson, whose 9-under total led the PGA Tour’s Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. Simpson played a bogey-free round, highlighted by a 5-under run during a four-hole stretch, capped by an 18-foot eagle putt on the par-5 12th hole at Old White TPC. South Korea’s Whee Kim shot 62, and Chile’s Joaquin Niemann posted 63. Phil Mickelson, in his first outing since the U.S. Open (“Mickelson, USGA disgrace U.S. Open,” June 17), shot 66 (scores).
First-round score by Katherine Kirk, whose 10-under total led the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Kirk, 36, of Australia, the defending champion, birdied her first three holes and posted a bogey-free score at Thornberry Creek’s Legends Course in Oneida, Wis. South Korean Sei Young Kim stood second at 9-under 63 (scores).
Number of respondents to a Morning Read social-media poll who answered “No” to the question, “Does the relative lack of American stars on the LPGA affect your interest in the women’s game?”
Average driving distance, in yards, of American Cameron Champ, who shares the first-round lead in the Web.com Tour’s Lecom Health Challenge. Champ and Sebastian Munoz of Colombia shot 8-under 64s at Peek’n Peak Resort in Clymer, N.Y. Champ actually geared down off the tee. He leads the developmental tour in driving distance at 339.5 yards (scores).