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Kuchar chasing early leaders at McGladrey Classic, Korda jumps into lead at Blue Bay LPGA in China

First Round Update — PGA Tour — The McGladrey Classic — Sea Island Resort Seaside Course — St. Simons Island, Georgia —

Three players including Erik Compton are tied at 5-under at the top of the leader board during round one action at the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic.

The trio which also includes Brian Harman and Michael Thompson carded 65s at Sea Island Resort’s Seaside Course in Georgia. A host of players are 4-under with a few in the afternoon wave still completing their opening rounds. Among those at 4-under in the clubhouse is Chesson Hadley — PGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year last season.

Webb Simpson, Aaron Baddeley and Tommy Gainey finished up 3-under and sit T-12 at the moment. Webb was one of the betting favorites heading into the week at 14-to-1 odds at www.ladbrokes.com. The 29-year-old former U.S. Open champion scattered six birdies against a double bogey and a bogey.

Matt Kuchar, the highest ranked player in the field at No. 9 in the Official World Golf Ranking, is part of the group at 3-under. He is through 11 holes as part of the afternoon wave. Kuchar and Simpson finished T-7 here a season ago.

Other Golf News:

  • American Jessica Korda opened with a 6-under-66 in the opening round to take a one-shot lead at the Blue Bay LPGA in China. Korda, who has three career LPGA Tour victories, leads a host players by a shot including Michelle Wie, Shanshan Feng, Brittany Lang and Caroline Masson. Lydia Ko is 3-under and T-14 after round one.
  • Thorbjorn Olesen (8-under-64) and John Wade co-lead at the ISPS Handa Perth International after 18 holes. Olesen, 130th in the world rankings and a 33-1 betting pick, was bogey-free on his round. Charl Schwartzel sits T-14 after shooting 4-under, while Jason Dufner is T-38.
  • To begin the week, Korda was listed at 80-1 to win the Blue Bay LPGA at www.ladbrokes.com.
  • Texas hosts the AT&T Championship teeing off Friday at TPC San Antonio on the Champions Tour. It’s the tour’s final event before the Charles Schwab Cup Championship next week in Scottsdale, Arizona.