Friday, September 21, 2018

Kuchar plays through dizzy spells at Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Matt Kuchar fought dizzy spells in the first round of the Canadian Open on Thursday, four days after finishing second behind Jordan Spieth in the British Open at Royal Birkdale.

"I had a couple of spells where I got a little bit dizzy, and I feel weak," Kuchar said. "I don't know where it came from. I've had plenty of time to get over the travel. Hopefully it's just something that passes real quick. … I shook it off the couple times it happened."

The 39-year-old American became dizzy marking a ball and sought medical attention during the morning round of the PGA Tour event at Glen Abbey. After playing the first 11 holes in 4 under, he made double bogey on the par-4 third and bogeyed the par-4 eighth, finishing 1-under 71.

Kuchar was six strokes behind leaders Kevin Chappell, Matt Every, Hudson Swafford, Brandon Hagy and Ollie Schniederjans at 65 in the round that was suspended by darkness after play was halted for nearly two hours by lightning and rain.

"He had been over to mark a putt after he missed it and got a little light-headed," said playing partner Bubba Watson, a stroke back at 66.

On Sunday, Kuchar finished three strokes behind Spieth. Kuchar had a one-stroke lead with five holes to play before Spieth rallied.

SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: Bernhard Langer shot 2-under 69 in wind and rain at Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales, to take the first-round lead. The 59-year-old German star had five birdies and three bogeys for a one-stroke lead over Carl Mason and Mauricio Molina. Langer won by 13 strokes the last time the tournament was held on the south Wales course in 2014. Colin Montgomerie was part of a group two strokes back at 71. Tom Watson and John Daly are among another group at 72.

LPGA: Hall of Famer Karrie Webb shot 7-under 65 in cold and windy conditions to take a one-stroke lead over Cristie Kerr at the Scottish Open in Irvine. Webb, 42, played the final 10 holes in 7 under at Dundonald Links. She won the last of her 41 tour titles in 2014. Kerr, 39, closed with birdie on No. 9 in her bogey-free round.

GAMBLER WITH MICKELSON TIES SENTENCED: Las Vegas gambler William "Billy" Walters, who was linked to five-time major winner Phil Mickelson, was sentenced to five years in prison for his federal conviction on insider trading charges in New York. Walters, 71, was convicted of making more than $40 million illegally trading the stock of Dean Foods Co. The government said Mickelson earned nearly $1 million after Walters told him to buy Dean Foods stock in 2012.

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