04/24 22:40 CDT Golf Capsules
The Associated Press
AVONDALE, La. (AP) --- Ben Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record
round, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Zurich
Martin's 10th birdie was his most spectacular shot in a round full of them as
he chipped in from 55 feet on the par-3 17th hole. That came a hole after the
26-year-old former Clemson player he hit the flag on a chip from behind the
green, setting up a tap-in par.
The previous record at TPC Louisiana was a 64, accomplished many times,
including once earlier Thursday, when Andrew Svoboda did it to take a lead that
held up until Martin surged past late in the day.
Peter Hanson and Sueng-Yul Noh were tied for third at 65.
Martin matched his career best Sunday with a third-place tie in the RBC
Heritage at Hilton Head, S.C. He also finished third last month in the Puerto
Martin opened with a 10-foot birdie putt, the first of six birdies on the front
nine, most set up by approach shots within 10 feet. One exception was his
26-foot birdie putt on No. 5. He opened the back nine with a 14-foot birdie
putt, made a 10-footer on 11 and a 20-footer on 13.
SWINGING SKIRTS LPGA CLASSIC
DALY CITY, Calif. (AP) --- Karine Icher of France birdied four of her first
seven holes and finished with a 6-under 66 at Lake Merced to take the lead in
the inaugural Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic.
The start was delayed two hours because of fog and play was suspended because
of darkness with 24 players unable to finish the first round.
The gallery sang "Happy Birthday" to Lydia Ko on her 17th birthday as she
started from the first tee, and Ko delivered with a 68 that left her tied for
second with Ilhee Lee, Jenny Shin, Maria McBride and
Dewi Claire Schreefel.
Top-ranked Inbee Park opened with a 73, and second-ranked Suzann Pettersen had
a 70 in her first tournament since missing three events with a back injury.
Michelle Wie, coming off her first win in nearly four years last week in her
home state of Hawaii, finished at even-par 72.
SHENZHEN, China (AP) --- Spain's Alvaro Quiros and England's Simon Dyson shared
the China Open lead at 5-under 67 when play was suspended because of darkness
at Genzon Golf Club.
Defending champion Brett Rumford was a stroke back along with Englishmen
Tyrrell Hatton and David Horsey, Spain's Adrian Otaegui, France's Alexander
Levy and South Korea's Park Il-hwan. Levy and Park each had a hole left.
England's Ian Poulter had a 69.
Sweden's Henrik Stenson opened with a 71. He was a chance to take the top spot
in the world ranking from Tiger Woods with a victory.