Stanford shares first-round lead, Park in hunt

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Angela Stanford and Catriona Matthew shot 8-under 63s to share the first-round lead at the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic in Waterloo, Ontario, on Thursday, two strokes ahead of top-ranked Inbee Park.

Park is trying to become the first golfer to win four straight LPGA Tour events since Lorena Ochoa in 2008.

Stanford, a former TCU standout from Saginaw, closed her late-evening round with three consecutive birdies to join Matthew atop the leader board under mostly sunny skies at Grey Silo Golf Course

“Today I hit it really good,” Stanford said. “So it was just one of those days that as a golfer you just love.”

Johnson at home

Defending champion Zach Johnson shot a 7-under 64 and is tied with Camilo Villegas for the lead after the opening round of the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.

It was the 17th consecutive round in the 60s at TPC Deere Run for Johnson, who grew up roughly 100 miles away in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Mansfield High School grad Martin Flores in a group three back after shooting a 4-under 67.

Mickelson 2 back

Phil Mickelson quickly hit his stride at the Scottish Open, shooting 6-under 66 to sit two strokes off John Parry’s early first-round lead in Inverness.

Rebounding from a three-putt for bogey on his first hole, Mickelson breezed around the Castle Stuart course under blue skies and little wind to post six birdies and an eagle at No. 12.

Perry paces Seniors

Kenny Perry shot a 3-under 67 and is tied with six others for the lead at the U.S. Senior Open in Omaha, Neb. Perry is off to a solid start in his bid for a second straight win in a senior major.

Peter Jacobsen withdrew from the event because of heat-related illness. Jacobsen was treated by Omaha Fire and Rescue paramedics after he finished nine holes.

Utah Championship

Brian Prouty and B.J. Staten shared the first-round lead after shooting 8-under-par 63s at the Web.com Tour’s Utah Championship in Sunny.

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