Number of senior major championships won by American David Toms, who shared the lead with compatriot Steve Stricker after the first round Thursday in Toms’ title defense at the U.S. Senior Open. Toms and Stricker shot 8-under 62s at Warren Golf Course in Notre Dame, Ind. Toms, 52, made a Senior Open-record 10 birdies, including five in a row, in posting a career-best score. He has won only once in 55 career starts on the Champions Tour after a 13-victory career on the PGA Tour. Stricker, also 52, won his first senior major last month, at the Regions Tradition, after a 12-victory career on the PGA Tour. American Jerry Kelly, who won last week in his native Madison, Wis., shared second with countryman Kirk Triplett at 64 (scores).
Percentage decline in rounds played in May compared with the same month in 2018, according to Golf Datatech’s monthly National Golf Rounds Played Report. Increased precipitation across most of the U.S. led to the drop, with only the South Atlantic states showing an uptick from a year ago. With the drop in May, the number of rounds played for the year is off by 1.3 percent from the first five months in 2018.
Number of Arkansas alumnae entered in the LPGA’s Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, which begins today at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers, Ark. Stacy Lewis, a 2008 Arkansas graduate and two-time winner of the LPGA’s Arkansas event, will be joined by alumnae Kaylee Benton, Maria Fassi, Dylan Kim, Gaby Lopez and Alana Uriell (tee times).
Number of strokes under par that American Robert Garrigus stood to lead the Utah Championship, the PGA Tour’s developmental event in Farmington, Utah. Garrigus, starting on the back nine at Oakridge Country Club, was 1 over through three holes before he rattled off eight birdies in his final 15 holes. American Justin Lower shot 6-under 65 and held second place (scores).
Number of birdies, including on his last three holes, that American Nate Lashley made in shooting 9-under 63 for the first-round lead at the PGA Tour’s Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club. Lashley, 36, in his second season on the PGA Tour, was an alternate and the last man to land a spot in the field, after David Berganio Jr. withdrew on Wednesday. Lashley has only one top-10 result in 32 career starts, a T-8 in the opposite-field Puerto Rico Open in February. Americans Ryan Armour and Nick Watney shared second at 8-under 64 in the first PGA Tour event to be played in Michigan since 2009 (scores).
Score for European Tour rookie Victor Perez, who led the Anadalucia Masters after the first round. Perez, 26, who played the past two seasons on the Challenge Tour, posted a bogey-free 6-under score at Real Club Valderrama in Sotogrande, Spain. Local favorite Sergio Garcia was among five players tied for second at 66 (scores).