Defending champ Mark Calcavecchia leads by three

SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — Defending champion Mark Calcavecchia eagled the par-5 eighth hole and finished with 7-under-par 65 on Friday to take the first-round lead in the Boeing Classic.


Calcavecchia, a playoff winner over Russ Cochran last year at TPC Snoqualmie Ridge for his first Champions Tour title, made a 20-foot putt on No. 8.

Steve Pate, Jeff Sluman, Joe Don Blake, Eduardo Romero and Kirk Triplett are tied for second at 68.

Augusta native Larry Mize shot 75.

Fred Couples withdrew because of back problems on the first hole. The Seattle player won the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic in March and Senior British Open last month.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Gleneagles, Scotland, Mark Foster and Richard Finch share a one-shot lead at the midway point of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

The 37-year-old Foster, who lost out in a five-man playoff for the title last year, shot 4-under-par 68 while Finch posted 67 to lead the field at 8-under 136.

Former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson shot 76-68–144 to make the cut on the number.

Fellow former Jaguars Oliver Wilson and Jamie Elson failed to make it the weekend.

Wilson shot 83-76–159 and Elson, who opened with 73, retired after 17 holes. He was 8-over on the round.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Knoxville, Tenn., former UCLA golfer Erik Flores shot 6-under 65 to move to 11-under 131 and take the lead in the News Sentinel Open.

Three players are two shots back, including former Georgia golfer Hudson Swafford (67-66).

Of the area players in the field, Matt Hendrix (68-69–137) and Kevin Kisner (67-71–138) made the cut, which fell at 139. Scott Parel (73-74–147) and Scott Brown (74-76–150) failed to advance.

LPGA TOUR: In Coquitlan, British Columbia, Chella Choi and Lydia Ko took over the lead in the Women’s Canadian Open after Yani Tseng faded.

Choi (72-64) and Ko (68-68) are at 8-under 136.

Tseng, the first-round leader after 66, followed that with 75 and is now five back.