Ricky Barnes leads Zurich Classic

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AVONDALE, La. — Ricky Barnes birdied six of the last eight holes Thursday at rain-softened TPC Louisiana to take a one-stroke lead in the Zurich Classic.

Barnes finished the opening round with an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey for 8-under-par 64. Boo Weekley and Lucas Glover are a stroke back, and D.A. Points and Morgan Hoffmann shot 66.

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old Chinese amateur playing on a sponsor exemption, opened with 72, highlighted by a 5-wood that he hit to a foot on the par-3 17th. He tied for 58th in the Masters Tournament after becoming the youngest player to make the cut at Augusta National, and said Thursday that he will play in a U.S. Open qualifier in two weeks in Dallas.

LPGA TOUR: In Irving, Texas, rookie Caroline Masson shot a bogey-free 7-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead over Carlota Ciganda after the first round of the inaugural North Texas LPGA Shootout.

Inbee Park, the No. 1 women’s player in the world, is in a group at 67.

While Masson has made only one of five cuts in her first LPGA season, the 23-year-old German played on the Ladies European Tour the past three years and won the 2012 South African Women’s Open.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Seoul, South Korea, five players hold the clubhouse lead after shooting 5-under-par 67s in the suspended first round of the fog-affected Ballantine’s Championship.

Jean Baptiste Gonnet, Johan Edfors, Kieran Pratt, Matthew Baldwin and Kim Gi-wang are leading after fog engulfed the Blackstone course to force a delay of 2 hours, 10 minutes. Half the field will complete their rounds today.

WEB.COM TOUR: In Valdosta, Ga., Ryan Spears turned in a bogey-free round of 6-under-par 66 to take the lead after the first round of the South Georgia Classic.

Golfers at 67 are Philip Pettitt, Troy Merritt and Bhavik Patel.

Aiken’s Kevin Kisner opened with 71 and Augusta’s Scott Parel had 74.

The tournament is being played at the 7,781 yard Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, created by Love Golf Design.

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