Brandt Snedeker was making so many birdies that even an 18-foot putt looked like a mere tap-in. When he finished his amazing run in the first round of the BMW Championship, he had seven straight birdies on his card and an 8-under 63 at blustery Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill.
That gave him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the third FedEx Cup playoff event. Tiger Woods sounded disgusted with his round of 66, mainly because he had a pair of three-putt bogeys and missed a 4-foot birdie putt over his last five holes.
Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Streelman also were at 66. Phil Mickelson had a 70.
PGA EUROPEAN: Nearly two decades after winning this tournament, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shot a 6-under 64 for the first-round lead at the KLM Open in the Netherlands.
Jimenez, the 1994 champion and the oldest player in the field at 49, had two bogeys and eight birdies in a round in which he took advantage of good conditions.
Robert Allenby of Australia and Gary Orr of Scotland were among a group of six players at 65 at Kennemer Golf and Country Club on the North Sea coast.
WEB.COM: Jim Herman shot a 7-under 64 and built a two-shot lead over Sean O’Hair and Danny Lee among those who finished the rain-delayed opening round of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio.
Andrew Svoboda, who won last week in North Carolina to clinch a PGA Tour card, was 4 under through 16 holes when darkness stopped play.
PHOTO: Brandt Snedeker watches his tee shot on the ninth hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill., Thursday