BILOXI, Miss. — Joe Durant shot a 6-under 66 for a one-shot lead after the first round of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic on Friday.
Durant made four birdies on the back nine in warm and sunny conditions to finish just ahead of defending tournament champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, Scott Hoch, Lee Janzen and Jay Haas, who are all tied for second after shooting a 67.
Durant’s impressive first round continues a solid start to his PGA Champions Tour season. He has finished in the top 10 in two of four events, including a sixth-place finish at the Allianz Championship in February.
John Daly shot a 69 to get into contention at Fallen Oak. The two-time PGA Tour major championship winner hasn’t finished higher than 23rd on the Champions Tour so far this season.
Icher’s 5-under leads ANA
RANCHO MIRAGE, Ca. — France’s Karine Icher shot a 5-under 67 to take an early lead before high winds shortened the opening day of the ANA Inspiration on Thursday.
Half of the field in the LPGA Tour’s first major of the year was still on the course when wild winds in the Coachella Valley forced an early halt to play. The first round will resume Friday morning.
Four players on the Dinah Shore Course were one shot behind Icher, including Michelle Wie and 17-year-old amateur Eun Jeong Seong.
Wie, the former child prodigy, played her opening round with 14-year-old Lucy Li, who was 1 under.
Lydia Ko, the defending ANA Inspiration champion and world No. 1, was 2 under through five holes before play was suspended.
Woodlands lose one of their twins
AUSTIN, Tx. — Gary Woodland says he withdrew from the Dell Technologies Match Play because his wife had complications with her pregnancy that resulted in the loss of one of their twins.
He said Wednesday on Twitter that he and his wife, Gabby, are coping with the death of one of their twins. He says doctors will be closely monitoring the health of his wife and the surviving twin for the remainder of her pregnancy.
Woodland, who is No. 35 in the world, says at this point he still plans to play the Masters next week.