LAS VEGAS -- Ryan Moore matched the course record and his career best with a 10-under 61 on Thursday in the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
The former UNLV player had nine birdies, an eagle -- on the 341-yard, par-4 15th -- and a bogey in perfect conditions at TPC Summerlin to take a one-stroke lead in the Fall Series opener.
Moore also shot a 61 this season in the Humana Challenge on PGA West's Nicklaus Course. The Las Vegas resident has seven top-10 finishes and is 36th on the money list. The final top 30 will receive spots in the Masters.
Moore tied the TPC Summerlin record set by Davis Love III in 2001 and matched by Tag Ridings in 2004 and Hunter Haas in 2011. Chip Beck holds the overall tournament record, shooting a 59 in 1991 at Sunrise Golf Club.
DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP
KINGSBARNS, Scotland -- South Africa's Branden Grace birdied the final five holes at Kingsbarns for a course-record 12-under 60 in the first round of the Dunhill Links Championship.
Grace, a three-time winner on the European Tour this year, broke the record of 62 set by England's Lee Westwood on his way to victory in 2003.
Grace had a two-stroke lead in the three-course event. Victor Dubuisson shot a course-record 10-under 62 on the Old Course at nearby St. Andrews. England's Oliver Wilson and France's Gregory Havret had the best rounds as Carnoustie, shooting 67. The final round will be played on the Old Course.
The four Ryder Cup players in the event struggled at Carnoustie. Germany's Martin Kaymer opened with a 70, American Dustin Johnson and Sweden's Peter Hanson shot 72, and Scotland's Paul Lawrie had a 75.
USGA SENIOR AMATEUR
The 61-year-old Simson, from Raleigh, N.C., is the 14th player to win the tournament twice. He won in 2010 at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., and is a three-time British Senior Amateur champion. The 55-year-old Skinner, from Lake Bluff, Ill., was making his first appearance in the event for players 55 and older.
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