Senior PGA Tour's Russ Cochran shoots 66 to lead Montreal Championship



SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec — Russ Cochran shot 6-under-par 66 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Montreal Championship.

The 53-year-old left-hander, a three-time winner on the 50-and-over tour, had seven birdies and one bogey on Vallee du Richelieu Golf Club's Vercheres Course.

Michael Allen, the tour leader with two victories and earnings of $1,071,282, was tied for second with Jerry Pate, Rod Spittle and 2010 champion and Augusta native Larry Mize.


LPGA TOUR: In Waterloo, Ontario, former U.S. Women’s Open winner Inbee Park had eight birdies in a round of 7-under-par 64 to take the lead in the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Park, who won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open at age 19, is at 9-under 133.

There is a three-way tie for second place between Brittany Lang (65 on Friday), Shanshan Feng (68) and Hee Kyung Ryu (65).

Lexi Thompson (66) is at 135 and Stacy Lewis (64) is at 136.


EUROPEAN TOUR: In Pulheim, Germany, Joel Sjoholm twice chipped in for eagle in shooting 6-under-par 66 to lead by two strokes at the halfway mark of the BMW International Open.

Former Ryder Cup player Paul McGinley, looking to end a seven-year winless run, shot 70 to share second place Danny Willett (70 on Friday), Chris Wood (70) and Fabrizio Zanotti (71).

Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson (69-73–142) made the cut, which fell at 143. Missing it were former Jaguars Scott Jamieson (76-72–148) and Jamie Elson (74-74–148).

Jose Manuel Lara was disqualified after his flustered caddie attempted to hide an extra club in his bag.

Realizing on the second hole that Lara was using 15 clubs for Thursday’s round, caddie Mathias Vinson tried to hide the extra club in some thick bushes.


NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Wichita, Kan., former Cincinnati golfer Jim Herman birdied five consecutive holes on the back nine in a round of 7-under-par 64 to take a two-shot lead at the halfway mark of the Wichita Open. He’s at 12-under 130.

Robert Damron (65) and Joseph Bramlett (64) are tied for second place.

Augusta’s Scott Parel had 67 and is at 137. Aiken native Matt Hendrix had 71 for 139 and missed the cut by one.