The new PGA Tour season felt like an old one to a trio of Ryder Cup players Thursday at the Frys.com Open in Napa, Calif.
Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar and Jimmy Walker met on the 10th tee at Silverado. With a morning chill in the air and beautiful scenery of Napa Valley, it was vaguely similar to the rolling hills of Gleneagles just two weeks ago at the Ryder Cup.
Except that no one was singing. There was hardly anyone in the grandstand, or on the golf course.
It was back to normal for those three Americans, along with Lee Westwood of England, who made two late birdies to salvage a 73.
And it was another chance for Andres Gonzalez, who made it back to the PGA Tour for the third time. He has yet to keep his card, and though this was only the first round of the new wraparound season, he was plenty happy with no bogeys on his card and a six-under 66.
Bae Sang-moon made seven birdies in the afternoon and joined Gonzalez at 66.
The star attraction at the Frys.com Open was the Ryder Cup trio, and there were about 500 people tagging along by the end of their round. The par-five ninth summed up the round for each of them.
Mahan lagged perfectly from 75 feet for a two-putt birdie. Kuchar showed off a sharp short game, and his pitch from short of the green struck the pin and settled about a foot away. He shot 71. Walker thought his full wedge was perfect until it took a hard hop and landed in a gnarly spot in the rough, leading to a bogey and a 75.
Lewis leads in Malaysia
Top-ranked Stacy Lewis shot a six-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead at the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia, the second event of the tour’s six-tournament Asian swing.
Tied for second at Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club were the South Korean quartet of Na Yeon Choi, Hee Young Park, Eun Hee Ji and So Yeon Ryu.
Colsaerts shoots a 60
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium shot a brilliant 11-under 60 to take a three-shot lead of the Portugal Masters in the opening round at Vilamoura.
Colsaerts came close to setting a European Tour record of 59 when his birdie putt missed on the par-four 18th hole.
It was the 19th time the score of 60 has been reached on the European Tour.
Scott Jamieson and Alexander Levy were three strokes behind in second.
The round was suspended late due to rain. It will be finished early Friday.