Matt Jones eagled the par-5 14th hole and finished with a 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead yesterday after the first round of the Texas Open in San Antonio.
Jones, the 30-year-old Australian who played at Arizona State, also had four birdies in a back-nine 30 on the Greg Norman-designed Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio, the tournament’s new site after 15 years at La Cantera.
Paul Stankowski opened with a 67, and J.B. Holmes, Matt Weibring, Charley Hoffman and Steve Lowery had 68s.
Ernie Els, a two-time winner this year, had a 72. He was 3 under on the final five holes, making a tap-in eagle on 14 after a 293-yard second shot.
“Obviously, this golf course is a little bit different than we play week in and week out, and I think to some of the players it’s a little bit of a shock,’’ Els said.
Els’s playing partner, Vijay Singh, left several putts just short, but finished with a birdie for a 73. Zach Johnson, the two-time defending champion, made a 7 on the par-3 13th and ended up with an 8-over 80.
LPGA — Azahara Munoz shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Katherine Hull and Jee Young Lee in the Bell Micro Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Cristie Kerr, Meena Lee, Janice Moodie and Hye Jung Choi shot 67s, and Suzann Pettersen, Eunjung Yi, Sun Young Yoo and Amanda Blumenherst opened with 68s. Jiyai Shin, No. 1 in the world ranking, had a 70. Michelle Wie shot a 72.
European — James Kingston shot a 5-under 65 to take the lead after the first round of the Mallorca Open at Son Servera, Balearic Islands.