Jeff Overton opened the new PGA Tour season on a good note.
Once he finally made a putt Thursday in the Frys.com Open in San Martin, Calif., Overton felt as if he couldn’t miss. Over the last 11 holes at CordeValle, he made three birdie putts over 25 feet and a 20-foot eagle putt when his gamble paid off on the par-5 ninth.
He finished with a tap-in birdie on the 18th for a 7-under 64 and a one-shot lead over Brian Harman. Gig Harbor’s Kyle Stanley was another shot back at 66.
South Korea’s Ilhee Lee shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over American Brittany Lang after the first round of the LPGA Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. … Alviro Quiros’ knowledge of his home course Vilamoura, Portugal, was of little advantage as six others tied the 2008 champion for the lead with 6-under 65s after the first round of the Portugal Masters.
Michael McCoy, a 50-year-old insurance agent from Iowa, took an 8-and-6 win over Bill Williamson in the 36-hole final of the U.S. Mid-Amateur in Birmingham, Ala., to become the second oldest to hold the title. … Medalist Julia Potter beat Margaret Shirley in 19 holes to win the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur in Asheville, N.C.
NBC has locked up eight more Ryder Cups through 2030. The extension signed by NBC Sports Group, which includes Golf Channel, and the PGA of America, also includes the Senior PGA Championship. … Amateur sensation Lydia Ko is turning pro and has asked the LPGA Tour to waive its age limit. The 16-year-old from New Zealand already is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour.