Jay Haas and Duffy Waldorf shared the first-round lead at the Senior PGA Championship in St. Louis, shooting 5-under-par 66 at Bellerive Country Club.
The 59-year-old Haas, the winner of the major championship in 2006 and 2008, had a bogey-free round. Waldorf, 50, had six birdies and one bogey.
Haas has 16 Champions Tour victories after winning nine times on the PGA Tour. Waldorf is winless in 11 career starts on the 50-and-over tour after winning four times on the PGA Tour.
Sonny Skinner, head PGA professional at River Pointe Golf Club in Albany, Ga., was a stroke back with Japan’s Kiyoshi Murota.
PALMER LEADS COLONIAL
Colonial member Ryan Palmer shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to match the first-round record at Hogan’s Alley and take a one-stroke lead over John Rollins in Fort Worth, Texas.
The bogey-free 62 equaled Palmer’s lowest round on the PGA Tour.
Graham DeLaet, Morgan Hoffmann, David Hearn and John Peterson were next at 64. Matt Kuchar, No. 13 in the world and the highest-ranked player in the 136-man field, was in a group of six at 65.
European Tour CEO George O’Grady apologized after reacting to the spat between Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia by saying “most of Sergio’s friends are colored athletes in the United States” during a live television interview. The word “colored” in reference to African-Americans is considered antiquated and offensive. “I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports for which I unreservedly apologize,” O’Grady said.
South Africa’s James Kingston shot a 6-under 66 to take the lead of the suspended first round of the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England. Finland’s Mikko Ilonen (67) was the leader before the suspension. … Annie Park shot a 2-under 70 in the wind to take the individual lead by two shots at 9-under 207 and help USC (19 under) increase its team lead to 17 strokes with one round to go in the NCAA Women’s Championships in Athens, Ga.