Sauers leads Senior British Open after 1st round

Posted: July 27, 2013

SOUTHPORT, England - Gene Sauers mastered a stiff breeze to shoot a 3-under 67 on Thursday for a 1-stroke lead after the first round of the Senior British Open.

The 50-year-old American had all pars on the front nine for a 34 at sunny Royal Birkdale. He then birdied the 10th and bogeyed the 11th. His three successive birdies from the 15th left him at 33 for the back nine.

"I hit a lot of solid shots in the wind, so it didn't really mess with me too much," Sauers said.

Four players were at 68, among them 2010 British Senior Champion Bernhard Langer. The German was joined by South Africa's David Frost, Australia's Peter Senior, and Frankie Minoza of the Philippines. Only 10 of the 144 players bettered par.

European Tour

MOSCOW - Simon Dyson shot a 5-under 67 Thursday to share the lead with Rikard Karlberg and Liang Wen-chong on the opening day of the Russian Open.

Karlberg bogeyed the opening two holes but recovered with five birdies and an eagle on the long eighth. Liang, whose only European Tour title came six years ago, bogeyed the 12th but had six birdies.

2016 Olympic Golf

Construction on the golf course for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is on pace for a test event about a year before the Summer Games, architect Gil Hanse said Thursday.

Hanse, whose firm is based in Malvern, said the original plans were to have the course ready by 2014, giving organizers a two-year cushion before the start of the Olympics, but legal fights delayed the start of work.

On Thursday, Hanse said the project will be finished by the first half of 2014 and the course will be tournament-ready in the second half of 2015.

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