SILVIS, Ill. — Troy Matteson had 10 birdies Thursday en route to a bogey-free 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic.
Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 of second-place Ricky Barnes.
It was only the third time this year Matteson broke 70 in the first round.
"I've always been one of the slow-starting Thursday players," he said. "If I could do one thing differently in my entire career, it would be to be a faster starter."
Robert Garrigus, among a group tied for third at 6-under 65, eagled the par-5 17th by hooking a 270-yard second shot around a tree to set up a 30-foot eagle putt.
Steve Stricker, chasing a fourth straight victory in the tournament, shot a 65 punctuated by an 80-yard wedge for an eagle 2 on the par-4 14th.
Front-nine 28 has Kite in Senior Open lead
LAKE ORION, Mich. — Tom Kite set a U.S. Senior Open record with 28 on the front nine at Indianwood and finished at 5-under 65 in the first round of the Champions Tour major.
Kite, 62, matched the lowest nine-hole score of his career. "You probably haven't read, but 60 is the new 40," Kite said.
Corey Pavin's sixth birdie on his 17th hole pulled him into a tie atop the leaderboard, but a penalty pushed him back to the pack after he completed his round.
Pavin hit a chip after his ball moved back a fraction of an inch when he grounded his club on his 14th hole, and that later cost him two strokes.
"Yeah, I agree," he said after watching slow-motion replays with officials.
That put Bernhard Langer and Lance Ten Broeck in second place, one behind Kite. It pushed Pavin into a five-way tie for fourth.
european: Francesco Molinari tied the best round in the Scottish Open's 40 years, shooting 10-under 62 to take a two-shot lead into the second day of the British Open warmup at Inverness. He rolled in 10 birdies in his first 15 holes. He finished with three straight pars. Top-ranked Luke Donald was second after 67. Phil Mickelson had 73 on a day he was supposed to be at the Vatican with his wife and daughter. He cut short his vacation to get more practice ahead of next week's British Open. "I've only played three events in the last six to eight weeks," he said. "I haven't been in a competitive frame of mind, and that's what I'm working on now."