Number of strokes by which American J.B. Holmes led after the first round of the British Open on Thursday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. After a bogey on the first hole, Holmes ran off six birdies to post a 5-under 66. Shane Lowry of Ireland stood one stroke back. Brooks Koepka, winner of four of the past 10 major championships, and fellow Americans Tony Finau and Webb Simpson were among 13 tied at 3-under 68. Phil Mickelson (76), Tiger Woods (78) and Rory McIlroy (79) were among the major champions who struggled in the opening round (scores).
Number of two-woman teams tied for the lead at the LPGA’s inaugural Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational at Midland (Mich.) Country Club. Northern Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow and Italy’s Giulia Molinaro shot 9-under 61 in the four-ball (better-ball) format for a share of the lead with Americans Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel (64) and France’s Celine Boutier and Karine Icher (62) at 10-under 130. The 72-hole stroke-play event is the women’s tour’s first official team event. Today’s third round will be foursomes play, and the final round will be in the four-ball format (scores).
Score that American David Duval made on the par-5 seventh hole during the first round of the British Open at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. The debacle included a two-stroke penalty when Duval played the wrong ball. Oddly, the round started out well for Duval, 47, the 2001 Open champion. He birdied the first two holes and had his name go up on the leaderboard. Things soured with a quadruple-bogey 8 on the fifth hole before the mess at the seventh. He shot 20-over 91 (scores).
Score for American J.T. Poston, whose 10-under total led after the first round of the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship in Nicholasville, Ky. Poston, 26, in his third season on Tour, is looking for his first victory in his 76th start. Poston birdied his first three holes at Keene Trace Golf Club and stood 6 under through eight holes before stumbling with a bogey at the par-3 ninth. Canadian Nick Taylor, who played his final four holes in 4 under, was alone in second at 63 (scores).
First-round score for American Byron Meth, who held a two-stroke lead at the Korn Ferry Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship in Omaha, Neb. Sparked by a double-eagle 2 at the par-5 15th, Meth posted a 7-under opening round at The Club at Indian Creek. Americans Chad Ramey and Tyson Alexander shared second at 5-under 66 (scores).