Hole-in-one and lead for Mathis in Conn.

David Mathis watches his drive on the first hole at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn.
David Mathis watches his drive on the first hole at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Conn. (      FRED BECKHAM / Associated Press)
Posted: June 23, 2012

CROMWELL, Conn. - David Mathis had a hole-in-one and shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to take a 1-stroke lead after the first round of the Travelers Championship.

The 38-year-old Mathis, who missed the cut last week in the U.S. Open, began play on the back nine, making a birdie on 10 before holing out from 158 yards shot on the par-3 11th hole. He was 6 under after six holes.

U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Masters winner Bubba Watson played together and finished in a group of 10 at 66. The third member of the threesome, PGA champion Keegan Bradley, shot a 68.

Mathis' ace was the shot of the day. He said he was just trying to cut a 9-iron close to the pin and it hit exactly where he aimed, bounced right and into the hole.

LPGA

WATERLOO, Ontario - Sandra Changkija birdied six of her final eight holes for a career-best 8-under 63 and a 3-stroke lead during the suspended first round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.

Play was suspended because of the threat of lightning in the area.

European Tour

PULHEIM, Germany - Australia's Marcus Fraser and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti shot 8-under 64 to share the first-round lead in the BMW International Open.

USGA

NESHANIC STATION, N.J. - At 20, Kim Kaufman is the oldest player remaining as the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship advances to Friday's quarterfinal round.

Kaufman defeated 14-year-old Allisen Corpuz, 2 and 1, to join seven teenagers who will vie in the fourth round of match play.

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