Jeff Sluman birdied No. 17 en route to a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the first round in the Regions Tradition, the second of five Champions Tour majors. Sluman, who had eight birdies, and Couples both had their only bogeys on No. 16. Couples, the Presidents Cup captain and World Golf Hall of Famer, made a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-5 sixth hole and a 30-footer for birdie on the next hole. His only blemish was a bogey on the par-3 16th when he overshot the green and landed just into the line of spectators.
A steady rain punctuated by heavy downpours has forced the postponement of the first round of the LPGA Championship. The LPGA’s second major of the year will begin this morning, the second round will be staged on Saturday, and the players will attempt to complete 36 holes on Sunday, the LPGA said.
England’s Tom Lewis shot a 9-under 63 for a two-stroke lead after the opening round of the Lyoness Open. Joost Luiten of the Netherlands shot a 65. Englishmen Graeme Storm, Richard McEvoy and Simon Dyson and Frenchman Alexander Levy each shot a 66.