Hanson leads by 1 stroke at Byron Nelson Classic
Irving, Texas • Peter Hanson made his only back-nine birdie with a 6-foot putt at the 18th hole Thursday, closing out a 5-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over David Duval and two others after the first round of the Byron Nelson Championship.
Duval, ranked 890th in the world 15 years after being No. 1, birdied his last three holes Nos. 7-9 after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at the fifth hole.
Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson matched Duval at 66.
The 42-year-old Duval almost withdrew before the round because of a muscle issue in his right elbow that made it painful to hit balls and practice this week. About a half-hour before teeing off, he still wasn't sure that he was going to play because his arm was hurting again.
Williamsburg, Va. • Azahara Munoz and Austin Ernst had strong finishes to share the first-round lead in the Kingsmill Championship at 6-under 65.
The former NCAA individual champions completed their morning rounds on the front nine at Kingsmill's River Course, with Munoz birdieing four of her last seven holes, and Ernst closing with birdies on No. 7 and 9.
Birmingham, Ala. • Jay Haas, Mark Calcavecchia, Olin Browne and Chien Soon Lu share the first-round lead at 3-under 69 in the Regions Tradition, the first of five Champions Tour majors.
With windy, unseasonably cool conditions at Shoal Creek, it was the highest score to lead after the first round at the Tradition since three players were tied at 3 under in 1990 at Desert Mountain in Arizona. The course absorbed more than an inch of rain overnight and the players were allowed to lift, clean and place the golf balls.
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