John Rollins kicked off the new McGladrey Classic with his best round of the year, a 7-under 63, to take a one-shot lead over David Toms and rookie Troy Merritt in St. Simons Island, Ga.
It was a fast start for Rollins, inspired by a pep talk from his wife after he was unceremoniously eliminated from the FedEx Cup playoffs. Rollins was poised to advance to the third event until shooting a 79 the final day at the TPC Boston.
Thomas Bjorn of Denmark shot a 6-under 66 at St. Andrews on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links in St. Andrews, Scotland. Dutchman Maarten Lafeber, Argentina’s Ricardo Gonzalez and Scotland’s Martin Laird also had 66s. Lafeber played at Carnoustie, Gonzalez opened on the Old Course at St. Andrews, and Laird played at Kingsbarns. … LPGA Championship winner Cristie Kerr shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel, Anna Nordqvist and Dorothy Delasin in the Navistar LPGA Classic in Prattville, Ala. … Tom Kite shot a 3-under 67 in calmer morning conditions to take a one-stroke lead over fellow early starters Mark O’Meara, Michael Allen and Joe Ozaki in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship in Potomac, Md., the Champions Tour’s final major of the season. … Paul Simson won the USGA Senior Amateur Championship in Orlando, Fla., beating stroke-play medalist Pat Tallent, 2 and 1, to become the first player to win the event and the British Seniors Open Amateur Championship and Canadian Men’s Senior in the same year.
Juan Carlos Navarro scored 25 points to help Barcelona beat the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, 92-88, in an exhibition on Thursday in Barcelona, Spain. Spanish center Pau Gasol led the Lakers with 24 points. … Caroline Wozniacki will replace American star Serena Williams as No. 1 in the world when the new rankings are released Monday. The 20-year-old will become the first player from Denmark, male or female, to hold the top ranking after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Petra Kvitova at the China Open in Beijing on Thursday. … Churchill Downs Inc. and NBC Sports announced a five-year agreement in principle to extend the network’s exclusive rights to the Run for the Roses, which has aired on NBC since 2001.
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