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Golf

  • British Open tests women in 1st round
    Ayako Uehara of Japan felt confident with the putter and played in the best weather Royal Birkdale has to offer. It was the right combination to take the lead Thursday in the Women’s British Open.
  • Three share lead at John Deere
    Jordan Spieth felt great Thursday on the first tee of the John Deere Classic. He heard not only his name, but, for the first time, the phrase “defending champion.” A par followed. Then another, and another after that.
  • Uehara’s 68 leads Women’s British Open; Wie has 75
    SOUTHPORT, England – Ayako Uehara of Japan felt confident with the putter and played in the best weather Royal Birkdale has to offer. It was the right combination to take the lead Thursday in the Women’s British Open.
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Villegas’ eagle gives him Honda lead

Eagle lifts Villegas into lead at Honda

In Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with one great shot, Camilo Villegas turned a solid round into his lowest start in more than a year.

Villegas of Colombia drilled a 3-wood into 8 feet on the par-5 18th hole and made the eagle putt for a 6-under 64.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Rickie Fowler, Branden Grace, Graham DeLaet and Robert Streb after the first round of the Honda Classic.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods each had a 70. Villegas lost his card last year and is playing on sponsor exemptions.

LPGA: In Singapore, Spain’s Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 for a two-stroke lead after the first round of the HSBC Women’s Champions.

Five players at Sentosa Golf Club shared second at 67: Stacy Lewis, Karin Sjodin, Lizette Salas, Pornanong Phatlum and Sun Young Yoo.

EUROPEAN: In Centurion, South Africa, Darren Fichardt of South Africa birdied the longest par-5 in European Tour history to lead the inaugural Tshwane Open by one stroke after the first round. Fichardt shot a 7-under-par 65. Bjorn Akesson of Sweden was at 66, with six players at 67.

– Associated Press

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