Course record has Moore in front
LAS VEGAS — Ryan Moore matched the course record and his career best with a 10-under 61 on Thursday in the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
The former UNLV player had nine birdies, an eagle – on the 341-yard, par-4 15th – and a bogey in perfect conditions at TPC Summerlin to take a one-stroke lead in the Fall Series opener.
Brendon de Jonge had a 62, and Tim Herron and John Huh shot 63. Justin Leonard, Chris Kirk and Jonas Blixt were three strokes back at 64. Kirk eagled the 15th and par-5 16th.
Moore also shot a 61 this season in the Humana Challenge on PGA West’s Nicklaus Course. The Las Vegas resident has seven top-10 finishes and is 36th on the money list. The final top 30 will receive spots in the Masters.
Grace leads Dunhill Links Championship
KINGSBARNS, Scotland — South Africa’s Branden Grace birdied the final five holes at Kingsbarns for a course-record 12-under 60 in the first round of the Dunhill Links Championship.
Grace, a three-time winner on the European Tour this year, broke the record of 62 set by England’s Lee Westwood on his way to victory in 2003.
Grace had a two-stroke lead in the three-course event. Victor Dubuisson shot a course-record 10-under 62 on the Old Course at nearby St. Andrews. Former Augusta State player Oliver Wilson and Gregory Havret had the best rounds as Carnoustie, shooting 67. The final round will be played on the Old Course.
The four Ryder Cup players in the event struggled at Carnoustie. Martin Kaymer opened with a 70, Dustin Johnson and Peter Hanson shot 72, and Paul Lawrie had a 75.
Simson wins USGA Senior Amateur
WEST CALDWELL, N.J. — Paul Simson won the USGA Senior Amateur for the second time in three years, beating Curtis Skinner 4 and 3 at Mountain Ridge Country Club.
The 61-year-old Simson, from Raleigh, N.C., is the 14th player to win the tournament twice. He won in 2010 at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., and is a three-time British Senior Amateur champion.