CLEVELAND — Two former Augusta State golfers turned in strong first rounds in the Web.com Tour’s Cleveland Open.
Henrik Norlander, who is tuning up for next week’s U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2, shot 3-under-par 68 on Thursday, as did Vaughn Taylor, another former Jaguar.
They are four shots behind the leader, Max Homa, who had 64. Homa has a two-shot lead over Si Woo Kim and Jeff Curl.
Augusta’s Scott Parel had 69, Aiken native Matt Hendrix shot 71 and former USC Aiken All-American Roberto Diaz had 71.
LPGA TOUR: In Waterloo, Ontario, Michelle Wie and defending champion Hee Young Park shared the first-round lead at 6-under-par 65 in the Manulife Financial Classic.
Wie, the winner in Hawaii in April, birdied three of the last four holes in her morning round.
She’s seeking her second victory in Canada after winning the 2010 Canadian Women’s Open in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Park had a bogey-free round in the afternoon. Last year, the South Korean beat Angela Stanford on the third playoff hole after they finished at 26-under 258 to match the tour record for lowest total score.
Shanshan Feng is a stroke back, and countrywoman Xi Yu Lin matched Cristie Kerr with 67.
Stacy Lewis had 69 in her first round since taking the top spot in the world with a victory Sunday in New Jersey.
Second-ranked Inbee Park also shot 69, and No. 3 Lydia Ko had 71.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Atzenbrugg, Austria, Adam Gee and Mikael Lundberg shot 5-under-par 67s to share a one-stroke lead at the Lyoness Open.
Players one shot back are Rhys Davies, Richard Finch, Mattew Baldwin and Berry Henson.
Defending champion Joost Luiten shot 72.