How Swede it is – Parnevik shoots 61

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNow Parnevik can down a celebratory mug. He shot a career-best 9-under-par 61 on Thursday to take a four-stroke lead after the first round of the Texas Open in San Antonio. For the 42-year-old Swede, winless since taking the last of his five PGA Tour titles in 2001, the 61 topped his previous PGA Tour best of 62, set last year in a second-place finish in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic. It’s the lowest score at the Texas Open since Bart Bryant shot a 60 in the third round when he won in 2004. On the PGA Tour this year, Zach Johnson shot a 60 in the third round of the Tour Championship. Major champions Justin Leonard – the 2000 and 2001 Texas Open winner – and Bob Tway were at 65 along with 2005 champion Robert Gamez, Mathias Gronberg, Matt Hendrix, Neal Lancaster, Shigeki Maruyama, Daniel Chopra, Richard S. Johnson and Dan Forsman. Longs Drugs Challenge From news services Jesper Parnevik spent two months this year trying to play with an injured toe. He broke it while scampering around his boat and jamming his foot into a case of beer. No. Parnevik wasn’t drinking. “That was the problem,” he said. “The case was full.” Pat Hurst sank a 20-foot putt from the fringe for eagle on the final hole, giving her a share of the lead in Danville. The 38-year-old Hurst shot a 5-under 67 to tie for the best first-day score with a woman nearly half her age in Inbee Park of South Korea. World No. 1 Lorena Ochoa was among seven others two strokes back of the leaders after the first 18 holes. ETC.: Hall of Famer Beth Daniel will captain the U.S. Solheim Cup team for the 2009 matches at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois. Daniel, a three-time LPGA Player of the Year and 33-time winner on the tour, assisted Nancy Lopez and Betsy King in the last two matches against Europe. Senior Players Championship Mark Wiebe and four others shot 3-under 67s to share the opening-round lead after fog forced two delays totaling more than two hours at the outset of the tournament in Timonium, Md. R.W. Eaks, Scott Hoch, Loren Roberts and Walter Hall also shot 67. Five players, including Fred Funk, Nick Price and Dana Quigley, were at 68. Dunhill Links Championship Steve Webster shot a 7-under 65 at Carnoustie to take a one-stroke lead. Webster, who has struggled with a back injury this year, birdied the first three holes and then added five others with only one bogey. He leads former champion Paul Lawrie, Soren Hansen, Scott Strange and Hennie Otto by one stroke. The Old Course at St. Andrews and Kingsbarns are the other layouts used for the championship. U.S. Women’s Mid-Am Amateur Meghan Bolger successfully defended her title, parring the 18th hole to beat Kerry Postillion, 1 up, in Carefree, Ariz. The 29-year-old Bolger, from Haddonfield, N.J., joined Sarah LeBrun Ingram (1993-94) and Ellen Port (1996-96) as the only players to win consecutive titles in the 21-year history of the championship.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more