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Rocky Start for Wie At Women's British Open; Other Golf News
Friday Jul 11, 2014 12:00am

ocky start for Wie at Women's British Open
(SOUTHPORT, ENGLAND) - U.S. Open champion Michelle Wie got off to a rocky start as she struggled to keep the ball in the fairway, shooting a 3 over 75 to fall 7 strokes off the first-round lead at the Women's British Open on Thursday. Wie, who has two victories among eight top-10s in her past nine tournaments, spent too much time chipping out of sand and rough, finishing with five bogeys and two birdies in what might be the easiest conditions all week at Royal Birkdale. Ayako Uehara of Japan seized the lead with a 4-under 68. She got her lone mistake out of the way early on the opening hole. She made three birdies in a four-hole stretch en route to a one-shot lead over Mo Martin. Wie wasn't the only one struggling. Cristie Kerr didn't make a birdie, shot 81 and withdrew with a sore back. Only nine players broke par, all but two of them in the relative calm of a sunny morning along the Irish Sea. Defending champion Stacy Lewis carded a 71 and said it's only going to get harder as the tournament moves along. Morgan Pressel scrambled her way to a 70, joined by Sarah Kemp and Mina Harigae.

Three way tie for lead at John Deere
(SILVIS, IL) – Zach Johnson, Rory Sabbatini and Brian Harman shot 8 under-par 63s on Thursday to share the lead after the first round of the John Deere Classic. Johnson and Sabbatini played bogey-free golf, while Harman had nine birdies and one bogey on the par-71 TPC Deere Run. They led 2004 Open Championship winner Todd Hamilton, Australian Steven Bowditch and William McGirt, the best afternoon finisher, by a stroke. Johnson, who won the Deere in 2012 and lost it to Jordan Spieth in a playoff last year, birdied four of his first five holes and was 6 under on his opening nine. Spieth opened at even par 71, rallying from 2 over with three holes to play with birdies on the 16th and 17th. Harman, who bettered his best round of the year by two strokes, was 2 under`through six holes when his caddie, Scott Tway, took ill. Jay Hatch of Davenport, Iowa, a high school basketball coach, volunteered from the gallery and carried Harman's bag the last 12 holes, which Harman played in 6 under. Harman didn't miss a beat. Checking his own yardages, Harman birdied seven of his last 12 holes and nine overall.

Colin Montgomerie leads Senior U.S. Open
(EDMOND, OK) – Colin Montgomerie declared Bernhard Langer the favorite heading into the U.S. Senior Open. After 18 holes, Montgomerie might well have seized that position himself with a 6-under 65 to lead at the end of Thursday at Oak Tree National. The Scotsman started on No. 10, and birdied Nos. 14, 15 and 16 on the way to a 33 on the back nine. He also birdied Nos. 6, 7 and 8 to finish strong in oppressive heat and humidity. Marco Dawson was second after a 66, and Mark Brooks was third after shooting 68. Langer was one of five golfers tied for fourth with a 69. Dawson, in his first Senior Open, started on the back nine and shot 2 under, then was steady on the front nine before scoring birdies on Nos. 7, 8 and 9. The 50-year-old said it was one of the two best rounds he's played in his six Champions Tour events. Langer, who entered the Senior Open having already won three events this year, was in a five-way tie for fourth along with Vijay Singh, Kirk Triplett, Scott Dunlap and Gene Sauers. Last year's Senior Open winner Kenny Perry shot a 75. Mother Nature was a factor for various reasons. In addition to the heat and humidity, play was delayed for 77 minutes at the start due to the threat of lightning, and play was suspended because of darkness at 8:54 p.m. local time, with three players still on the course.

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