Aiken's Kevin Kisner two back in Tour event

CANONSBURG, Pa. — Aiken’s Kevin Kisner is two shots off the lead in the Tour’s Myland Classic.


Kisner, a PGA Tour member who didn’t qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs, shot 5-under-par 66 on Thursday at Southpointe Golf Club.

Two golfers with Okla­homa connections – Edward Loar and Robert Streb – led the way after 64s.

Loar played his college golf at Oklahoma State and Streb, who played at Kansas State, now lives in Edmond, Okla.

Two players shot 65, including Casey Wittenberg, who has already won twice on the Tour this year. With a third win, he would receive an automatic “battlefield promotion” to the PGA Tour.

Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 70 and North Augusta’s Scott Brown had 72.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland, Gregory Bourdy shot 8-under-
par 63 to lead by two strokes after the rain-swept European Masters first round.

Bourdy, who earned the last of his three European Tour wins in 2009, had eight birdies in the thin Alpine air of the Crans-sur-Sierre club.

Fredrik Andersson Hed and Oliver Fisher shot 65s late in the afternoon to trail by two strokes.

Paul Lawrie, who will play in the Ryder Cup in the United States in September, shot 69. Defending champion Thomas Bjorn had 74, and Greg Norman had an eagle in his round of 75.

Former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson opened with 69.

• Ramon Sota, the uncle of Seve Ballesteros who tied for sixth place in the 1965 Masters Tournament, has died. He was 74.

At the time, Sota’s finish in the 1965 Masters was the highest by a European in the tournament’s history.

Ballesteros won the Masters in 1980 and 1983.

At age 18, Sota won the first of four Spanish championships. He also won four tournaments in Portugal, France and Brazil during the 1960s. Sota’s best result at the British Open was seventh in 1963.

Sota, who retired in 1972, inspired Ballesteros to go on to become Europe’s top player with five major victories. Ballesteros died of a brain tumor last year.

Sota’s son Jose Antonio says his father’s philosophy was “work, fight, recovery” and “he had a competitive spirit and knew how to recover from a bad day.”