GOLF: Johnson, Villegas tie for Deere lead with 7-under 64s

2013-07-12T00:00:00Z GOLF: Johnson, Villegas tie for Deere lead with 7-under 64sThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

SILVIS, Ill. - Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 7-under 64 and is tied with Camilo Villegas for the lead after Thursday's opening round of the John Deere Classic.

It was the 17th straight round in the 60s at TPC Deere Run for Johnson, who grew up roughly 100 miles away in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Matt Bettencourt made the field as a late alternate and shot a 6-under 65. He's tied for second with Daniel Summerhays and Brendon de Jonge.

Boo Weekley is among a pack of players at 5-under 66.

Three-time tournament champion Steve Stricker is at 4-under 67 heading into Friday's second round.

U.S. Senior Open

OMAHA, Neb. - Kenny Perry shot a 3-under 67 on Thursday and is tied for the lead at the U.S. Senior Open, putting together a solid start in his bid for a second straight win in a senior major.

Perry, who won the Senior Players Championship two weeks ago at Fox Chapel, Pa., made five birdies against two bogeys at Omaha Country Club.

He has plenty of company atop the leaderboard.

Michael Allen and Jay Don Blake also shot a 67 in the morning, and Gary Hallberg, Mark O'Meara, Tom Lehman and Fred Funk posted the same score in the afternoon.

There had never been as many as seven co-leaders after the first round at a U.S. Senior Open. The previous record was five in 1997.

LPGA Tour

WATERLOO, Ontario - Angela Stanford and Catriona Matthew shot eight-under 63s to share the first-round lead at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic on Thursday, two strokes ahead of top-ranked Inbee Park.

Park is trying to become the first golfer to win four straight LPGA Tour events since Lorena Ochoa in 2008.

Park was joined by American Irene Cho, Spain's Belen Mozo and South Korea's Hee Young Park and Meena Lee at 65. American Ryann O'Toole and South Koreans Jenny Shin, Amy Yang and Ji Young Oh were three shots off the lead at 66. Defending champion Brittany Lang opened with a 69.

Scottish Open

INVERNESS, Scotland - Phil Mickelson eased back into links golf with a 6-under 66 at the Scottish Open, leaving him behind two Englishman after a low-scoring first round on Thursday.

John Parry, ranked No. 471, held the clubhouse lead after a bogey-free 64 and Simon Khan (65) also tamed the Castle Stuart course to finish alone in second.

Mickelson is tied for third with six others after quickly hitting his stride in the warm-up event for next week's British Open, finding his range on and around the greens to produce six birdies and an eagle.

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