- Article by: The Associated Press
- Associated Press
- April 18, 2013 - 10:59 PM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. - England's Brian Davis took the first-round lead in the RBC Heritage, while Jason Day and Marc Leishman kept the Australian flag flying high.
Four days after countryman Adam Scott became the first Australian to win the Masters, Day and Leishman shot 4-under 67 to finish two strokes behind Davis on Thursday at Harbour Town.
Davis lost a playoff to Jim Furyk in 2010 at Harbour Town after calling a penalty on himself. This time, the Englishman birdied eight of his final 14 holes for a 65 to pull past Day and Leishman, who were back in contention after falling short Sunday at Augusta National.
Kevin Streelman and Charley Hoffman were a stroke behind Davis at 66, while Johnson Wagner also shot 67. U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson led a large group at 68.
LPGA LOTTE CHAMPIONSHIP
KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — Suzann Pettersen rebounded from her lone bogey with three back-nine birdies at wind-swept Ko Olina to take the second-round lead in the LPGA Lotte Championship.
The 32-year-old Norwegian, a 10-time LPGA Tour winner ranked sixth in the world, shot a 3-under 69 in her afternoon round to reach 10-under 134. She had consecutive victories late last season in South Korea and Taiwan and won a Ladies European Tour event last month in China.
Defending champion Ai Miyazato was a stroke back after a 68 in the morning session. The Japanese player, a nine-time winner on the LPGA Tour, had five birdies in a late six-hole stretch.
Pettersen got to 8 under with a birdie on the par-3 fourth, then dropped two strokes behind Miyazato with a bogey on the par-4 10th. The European Solheim Cup star rallied with birdies on the par-4 11th, par-5 13th and par-3 16th and closed with consecutive pars.
VALENCIA, Spain (AP) — Chile's Felipe Aguilar, Denmark's Morten Madsen and France's Gary Stal shot 4-under 68 at Parador de El Saler to share the first-round lead in the Spanish Open.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was in the group a stroke back, and fellow Spanish star Sergio Garcia opened with a 72 that included a double bogey on the par-3 fourth hole. Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez had a 76 in his return to competition after breaking his leg skiing in December.
American Peter Uihlein shot 70.
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