Charley Hoffman took advantage of calmer afternoon conditions to take the first-round lead in the wind-swept Texas Open, shooting a 5-under 67 on Thursday.
After wind gusts threatening 40 mph pummeled the morning starters, Hoffman faced steady 15 mph wind in the afternoon at TPC San Antonio. He had the lone bogey-free round, birdieing Nos. 2, 3, 9, 11 and 17.
The winner last year in Mexico at the start of the wraparound season, Hoffman has eight top-10 finishes in nine appearances in San Antonio. He was second in 2011 and third in 2013.
Aaron Baddeley was second after a 68. The Australian had a remarkable birdie on the par-4 17th when he snap-hooked his drive deep into thick woods, went back to the tee and holed out from 336 yards. Max Homa had a 69, and Phil Mickelson and Ryan Palmer shot 70.
Lee takes Kia Classic lead
Mirim Lee birdied all four par-5 holes and finished with a bogey-free 7-under 65 on to take the first-round lead in the Kia Classic in Carlsbad, Calif. Lee took the outright lead with an 8-foot putt on the par-5 fifth — her 14th hole in her afternoon round at Aviara — and hit a wedge to 3 feet to set up her final birdie on the par-5 eighth. Yani Tseng, winless in 70 starts since her victory in the 2012 event at nearby La Costa, had a 66.
Woods donates $10,000 for Sifford scholarship
Tiger Woods donated $10,000 to launch a scholarship fund honoring Charlie Sifford, who broke the color barrier in golf as the first black PGA Tour member. The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore announced the gift from Woods on Thursday. The money will go toward need-based scholarships for minority students with an interest in golf.
Blaine's Johnson goes to Reds
The Reds acquired first baseman Dan Johnson, a former Blaine High star, from the Astros for a player to be named or cash. Johnson played in 15 games for the Blue Jays last season, batting .211 with a homer and seven RBI. He left as a free agent after the season and signed with Houston in December. He'll report to the Reds' minor league camp.
The 35-year-old infielder also has played for Oakland, Tampa Bay, the White Sox and Baltimore. Johnson's big moment came on the final day of the 2011 regular season, when he hit a home run for the Rays with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Yankees, tying a game Tampa Bay eventually won to earn a wild-card playoff spot.
... John Buck, an 11-year major league veteran who was attempting to land a job with the Braves as a backup catcher, retired.
•Brady Aiken, the hard-throwing lefty who didn't sign after being last year's No. 1 draft pick by the Astros, announced he had Tommy John surgery after getting hurt preparing for this summer's draft.
... Former Twins reliever Jared Burton, who signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in February, was released.
around the horn
Skiing: Teenager Nina O'Brien captured the giant slalom title at the U.S. Alpine Championships against a field that was filled with World Cup veterans. Paula Moltzan was second, 0.37 seconds back, and Megan McJames took third.
Figure skating: Elizaveta Tuktamysheva of Russia landed a triple axel for the first time in an international competition and took a massive lead after the short program in the women's event at the world championships in Shanghai. Tuktamysheva was far ahead of the rest of the field from a technical standpoint, scoring 77.62 points, more than eight points ahead of countrywoman Elena Radionova in second. Japan's Satoko Miyahara was third.
Tennis: Maria Sharapova was upset 7-6 (4), 6-3 by wild-card entree Daria Gavrilova in her opening match at the Miami Open.
College basketball: A person with familiar with the decision says Florida guard Michael Frazier II is leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.