Matteson’s 10 birdies give him 3-shot edge
Troy Matteson holed 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of the TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 of second place Ricky Barnes. Matteson started by making birdies on three of his first four holes and finished with birdies on four of his last five.
He nearly holed out from a bunker on the par-4 ninth for a 60 but settled for par.
Barnes, out in the second group of the day, birdied all three par-5s and two of the four par-3s to pace the morning half of the field.
Robert Garrigus, among a group tied for third at 6-under 65, eagled the par-5 17th by hooking a 270-yard second shot around a tree to set up a 30-foot putt.
Steve Stricker, chasing a fourth straight victory in the Deere, shot a 65 punctuated by an 80-yard wedge for an eagle 2 on the par-4 14th.
KITE SETS MARK
Tom Kite set a U.S. Senior Open record with a 28 on the front nine at Indianwood and finished a 5-under 65 in Lake Orion, Mich.
Corey Pavin’s sixth birdie, on his 17th hole, pulled him into a tie atop the leaderboard, but a penalty pushed him back to the pack after completing his first round.
Pavin hit a chip after his ball moved a fraction of an inch when he grounded his club on his 14th hole and that later cost him two strokes.
That setback put Bernhard Langer and Lance Ten Broeck in second place, one shot behind Kite. It pushed Pavin into a five-way tie for fourth at 3-under 67.
ITALIAN SHOOTS 62
Italy’s Francesco Molinari tied the best round in the Scottish Open’s 40-year history, shooting a 10-under 62 to take a two-shot lead into the second day of the British Open warm-up tournament in Inverness, Scotland.
Molinari rolled in 10 birdies in his first 15 holes in calm early conditions on the Castle Stuart links course, but he missed a chance to shoot the first 59 on the European Tour by finishing with three straight pars.
Top-ranked Luke Donald looked set to finish close behind Molinari until he bogeyed two of his last five holes for a 67.