Rollins tops field with 63 at new PGA Tour event

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. - John Rollins doesn't want his year to end without a trophy.

Rollins kicked off the new McGladrey Classic on Thursday with 7-under-par 63 at Sea Island, his best round of the year, to take a one-shot lead over David Toms and rookie Troy Merritt.

It was a fast start for Rollins, inspired by a pep talk from his wife after he was unceremoniously eliminated from the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Rollins was poised to advance to the third event until shooting 79 the final day at the TPC Boston.

Davis Love III, the tournament host, had 70.

Of the area golfers in the field, Brian Gay and Blake Adams had 68s, Alex Hamilton 69, Charles Howell 70 and Vaughn Taylor 73.

Asian Amateur: In Kasahata Kawagoe City, Japan, 17-year-old Yosuke Asaji had the day's lone bogey-free round while shooting 4-under-par 67 to take the lead in the first-round at Kasumigaseki Country Club's West Course.

Fellow Japanese player Hideki Matsuyama had 68, as did Australia's Jake Higginbottom and the Korean pair of Lee Jae-hyeok and Park Il-Hwan. Sunday's winner earns an invitation to the 2011 Masters Tournament.

Champions Tour: In Potomac, Md., Tom Kite shot 3-under-par 67 in calm morning conditions to take a one-stroke lead over fellow early starters Mark O'Meara, Michael Allen and Joe Ozaki in the Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship, the final major of the season.

Augusta native Larry Mize opened with 78.

Nationwide Tour: In Chat­tanooga, Tenn., Todd Dempsey opened with 10-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the Chattanooga Classic.
Dempsey has a two-shot lead over Joe Affrunti, William McGirt and Ted Potter Jr.

Augusta's Scott Parel had 68, Sandersville, Ga.'s David Robinson and Aiken's Kevin Kisner had 72s and Aiken's Stephen Poole had 73.

LPGA Tour: In Prattville, Ala., Cristie Kerr shot 7-under-par 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Morgan Pressel, Anna Nordqvist and Dorothy Delasin in the Navistar LPGA Classic.
Brittany Lincicome was two strokes back at 67 along with Christina Kim, Vicky Hurst, Giulia Sergas.

European Tour: In St. Andrews, Scotland, Thomas Bjorn, of Denmark, shot 6-under-par 66 at St. Andrews to take a share of the first-round
lead at the Alfred Dunhill Links, which is played at three courses.

Bjorn is tied with Ricardo Gonzalez, of Argentina, who also played at St. Andrews, Maarten Lafeber, of the Netherlands, who played at Carnoustie, and Martin Laird, of Scotland, who played at Kingsbarns.


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