Ryan Palmer took only 21 putts Friday at TPC Boston in Norton, Mass., and birdied half of his holes. That gave him an eight-under-par 63 and a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley after the opening round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Palmer didn't miss a putt inside 15 feet and closed out his round with a pitching wedge to 18 feet, making the downhill putt for his ninth birdie.
Bradley matched his low round of the season, though what meant more was the timing. This is the final week before U.S. captain Tom Watson decides which three players he will pick to fill out his Ryder Cup team. Bradley always seemed like a logical choice, though he wants to leave nothing to chance. He played bogey-free in a gentle breeze.
Webb Simpson, who also needs a pick to return to the Ryder Cup, and Jason Day of Australia were among those at 66.
Jordan Spieth recovered from a double bogey to start his round and, with his entire family in tow, turned it around with four birdies and an eagle for a 67. Also at 67 was Ian Poulter, who seems certain to be a Ryder Cup pick for Europe on Tuesday.
Rory McIlroy was brilliant at times and sloppy at other times in his round of 70.
Phil Mickelson had a 74. He wasn't sure what to expect and even Lefty had to be surprised by his card that had six pars, six birdies, four bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey.
I.K. Kim increases her lead at Portland Classic
I.K. Kim increased her lead to three strokes in the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic, shooting a five-under 67 to reach 12 under.
The South Korean player had seven birdies and two bogeys in her morning round in cloudy, calm conditions at Columbia Edgewater in Portland, Ore. She won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010, and had a victory this summer in a Ladies European Tour event in England.
Spain's Carlota Ciganda and South Korea's Mi Jung Hur shot 65 to join Laura Diaz at nine under. Diaz had a 68.
South Korea's So Yeon Ryu, the Canadian Women's Open winner Sunday in Ontario, is at eight under along with Mina Harigae, China's Xi Yu Lin and South Africa's Paula Reto. The fifth-ranked Ryu had a 66, Lin carded a 68, and Harigae and Reto each shot 69.
Defending champion Suzann Pettersen is at six under after a 67. The fourth-ranked Norwegian player also won the 2011 event.
Pernice, Bryant share Champions Tour lead
Tom Pernice Jr. and Bart Bryant matched the Canyon Meadows record at eight-under 62 to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Shaw Charity Classic in Calgary, Canada.
The 54-year-old Pernice birdied his first five holes — Nos. 10-14 — and had 10 birdies and two bogeys on the rain-softened course. The two-time PGA Tour winner won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his third Champions Tour title.
The 52-year-old Bryant, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five of his last eight holes. He won his lone Champions Tour title last year.
They tied the course record set last year by Bill Glasson.
David Frost is a stroke back while Joe Durant and Joe Daley each shot 64.
Bernhard Langer opened with a 67, two days after turning 57. The German player has a tour-high five victories this season.
Fred Couples and defending champion Rocco Mediate shot 68. Mediate won the inaugural tournament by seven strokes, shooting 63-64-64 to match the tour record for fewest strokes in a 54-hole event.
Otto's 62 good for three-stroke lead at Italian Open
South Africa's Hennie Otto shot a 10-under 62 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Italian Open in Fiano.
Otto, the 2008 winner at Castello di Tolcinasco, had an eagle, nine birdies and a bogey to reach 15 under at Circolo Golf Torino. Austria's Bernd Wiesberger was second after a 66.
Scotland's Stephen Gallacher, needing a top-two finish to earn the final automatic spot on the European Ryder Cup team, is tied for ninth at seven under after a 65.