IRVING, Texas » When the par putt dropped for Jeff Overton on the second hole early in the Byron Nelson Championship, things suddenly seemed to be going in the right direction for him again.
"That broke a lot and I thought I missed it, and it actually went in," Overton said about the 10-footer on the 220-yard par-3 hole. "And next thing, I was able to hit a lot of great shots and strike out early. I never had a chance of making bogey from there. "
Overton went on to a bogey-free 6-under 64 Thursday to take the first-round lead at the Nelson, a stroke better than 2010 Sony Open in Hawaii winner Ryan Palmer.
Former Hawaii residents Dean Wilson and Parker McLachlin are in the field. Wilson is tied for 31st at 1-under 69. McLachlin shot 74 and is tied for 132nd.
Donald leads in England
Luke Donald shot a 7-under 64 to take the lead in the suspended first round of the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England, leaving him eight strokes ahead of No. 1 Lee Westwood in their battle for the top spot in the world ranking.
Donald mastered the wet and windy conditions on Wentworth’s West Course to match his lowest European Tour round.
Rain delays Senior PGA
Japan’s Kiyoshi Murota shot a 6-under 66 to overshadow stars such as Mark O’Meara and Tom Watson and grab the first-round lead in the weather-plagued Senior PGA Championship in Louisville, Ky.
After a 90-minute delay at the start of the round and a later suspension of play that lasted more than 3 hours, half the field was still on the course when darkness fell. Those 78 players will hit Valhalla Golf Club early today to complete the first round.
Fujikawa makes cut
Honolulu’s Tadd Fujikawa made his first cut since February, firing his second straight 2-under-par 69 Thursday in the eGolf Professional Tour’s $250,000 Donald Ross Classic, at Southern Pines, N.C.
Fujikawa has a share of 51st at the halfway point. The leader is Jason Kokrak, at 13-under 129 after a record 10-under 61 at Southern Pines Golf Club.
Kokrak was the tour’s leading money winner last year and Fujikawa was fourth. The Moanalua High School graduate is making his first eGolf Tour start of the year.