HAIKOU, China — Australia’s Richard Green and Brendon Jones shot an 11-under 61 in better-ball play Thursday to take a two-stroke lead in the World Cup.
Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell, the last two U.S. Open winners, were second along with Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher and Martin Laird. McIlroy and McDowell are from Northern Ireland.
Americans Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar were another stroke back along with the Netherlands’ Robert-Jan Derksen and Joost Luiten. The 28 teams will play alternate-shot rounds Friday and Sunday and another better-ball round Saturday on Mission Hill’s Blackstone Course.
COOLUM, Australia — Australia’s Steven Bowditch and South Korea’s Choi Joon-woo shot 6-under 66s to share the first-round lead in the Australian PGA.
American Bubba Watson was a stroke back along with Australians Aaron Baddeley, Andre Stolz and Aaron Townsend. British Open champion Darren Clarke and Rickie Fowler were in a group at 69.
SOUTH AFRICAN OPEN
JOHANNESBURG — Scotland’s Steven O’Hara and local favorite Jbe Kruger shot 7-under 65s to top the leaderboard after the first round of the South African Open.
Two-time champion Retief Goosen was a stroke back along with fellow South Africans Tyrone Mordt, David Hewan and Merrick Bremner. Defending champion Ernie Els opened with a 69 at Serengeti Golf and Wildlife Estate. He has won the event five times.