WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Double heart transplant recipient Erik Compton shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday in the inaugural Greenbrier Classic to share the first-round lead with rookie Matt Every.
Playing on a sponsor's exemption, the 30-year-old Compton made nine birdies, seven over a nine-hole stretch on the Old White course Thursday.
He was diagnosed at age 9 with a disease that inflames the heart and leaves it unable to pump as hard as it needs to. His first transplant came three years later and his second one came in 2008.
Every, recently arrested in Iowa and charged with possession of a controlled substance, had an eagle and five birdies. He has denied possessing marijuana.
|Women's British Open|
SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Taiwan's Yani Tseng and Australia's Katherine Hull shot 4-under 68s to share the first-round lead in the Women's British Open.
Tseng, the Kraft Nabisco winner in April for her second major title, finished her bogey-free round at Royal Birkdale with a birdie and an eagle.
Brittany Lincicome, Anne-Lise Caudal, Amy Yang and Sun Young Yoo opened with 69s, and Michelle Wie and In-Kyung Kim shot 70s. Hall of Famer Juli Inkster and top-ranked Jiyai Shin, the Evian Masters winner last week in France, topped a group at 71.
KILLARNEY, Ireland (AP) — England's David Howell shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the Irish Open at Killarney Golf and Fishing Club.
Ireland's Damien McGrane and England's David Howell opened with 65s.
England's Robert Rock was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard — his scored on the 14th and 15th holes were transposed — after shooting a 65.