Quinney, Gainey share Wyndham lead

Posted Aug. 18, 2011, at 10:13 p.m.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Jeff Quinney and Tommy Gainey shot 7-under 63s on Thursday to share the lead after one round at the Wyndham Championship.

Quinney had eight birdies, including five in a row early in his round, to start strong in his last chance to qualify for golf’s postseason.

Gainey had five birdies and an eagle in matching his career-best round. Both players are chasing their first PGA Tour victory.

Stuart Appleby had a 64.

Paul Casey, Carl Pettersson, Ernie Els, Jason Bohn, Jimmy Walker, Tim Herron, Lee Janzen, Jim Furyk, Vijay Singh and George McNeill shot 65s during another low-scoring day at Sedgefield Country Club.

Quinney arrived in 215th place in the FedEx Cup standings. A win — and the 500 points that accompany it — would put him in The Barclays.

Senior Players Championship

HARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Jeff Sluman shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior Players Championship, the Champions Tour’s final major of the season.

Sluman, the winner last month at Pebble Beach, had seven birdies and a bogey on Westchester Country Club’s tree-lined West Course. Gary Hallberg and Peter Senior opened with 66s.

Jay Haas, the 2009 winner, and Corey Pavin and Michael Allen were two strokes back at 67, and Fred Couples, defending champion Mark O’Meara and Tommy Armour III had 68s. Tom Watson struggled, shooting a 76.

Czech Open

CELADNA, Czech Republic (AP) — Ireland’s Peter Lawrie shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Czech Open.

Ireland’s Damien McGrane, France’s Victor Dubuisson and Spain’s Pedro Oriol opened with 67s. Spain’s Miguel Angel Jimenez, the Spanish star who co-designed the Prosper course, had a 76.

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