Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under-par 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead over Mark McNulty after the first round of the Senior British Open in Turnberry, Scotland.
Langer, the German star who won the 2010 tournament at Carnoustie, had six birdies on Turnberry’s Alisa Course. Tom Lehman, Michael Allen, David Frost, Jay Don Blake, Dick Mast and Chien Soon Lu each shot 66.
Tom Watson opened with a 69. He lost a playoff to Stewart Cink in the 2009 British Open at Turnberry, and won the 1977 British Open and 2003 Senior British Open at the course.
England’s Roger Chapman had a 72. The Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open winner is trying to tie Jack Nicklaus’ record of three senior major victories in a season. Nicklaus accomplished the feat in 1991, winning The Tradition, Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open.
PIERCY FIRES 62
Scott Piercy had an 8-under 62 in the first round of the Canadian Open, taking advantage of perfect scoring conditions at rain-softened Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario.
Greg Owen and William McGirt were a stroke back, and Robert Garrigus had a 64. Ernie Els, who won the British Open on Sunday, opened with a 72.
BOSSIO LEADS PAC AM
Olympia’s Jarred Bossio enters today’s final round of the 46th Pacific Coast Amateur with a three-stroke lead. With an even-par 70 at Bandon Trails in Oregon, he was one of nine golfers in the 76-player field to shoot par or better.
His 1-over 213 total is three shots better than former University of Idaho teammate Matt Rawitzer (71) – his roommate this week at the tournament – and Penn standout Maxwell Marsico (69).
Tacoma’s Michael Putnam had a 4-under 67 in the first round of the Web.com Tour-Children’s Hospital Invitational in Columbus, Ohio. He was four shots behind leader Trevor Murphy. … American Stacy Lewis made seven consecutive birdies and tied the Evian Masters record with a 9-under 63 to open a two-stroke lead after the first round in Evian-Les-Baines in France. … Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen shot a 4-under 68 to take a three-stroke lead at the Lyoness Open in Austria.