Friday, December 15, 2017
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Taiwan sweeps top-seeded U.S. in first day of International Crown

OWINGS MILLS, Md. — A winless day left the top-seeded United States with the feeling there's nothing left to lose in its quest to capture the International Crown

Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on 18 to give eighth-seeded Taiwan a sweep of the Americans in the opening round of the 32-player, eight-team tournament Thursday.

Tseng and Phoebe Yao never trailed in a 1-up win over Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson after Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3.

"There's probably more pressure with being No. 1, but we all knew coming into match play that anything can happen," Lewis said. "It always comes down to one putt here and there."

Tseng made the winning putt after Lewis failed from a bit farther out on her own birdie try.

"I haven't had this feeling for a long time," Tseng said. "I made that birdie putt, my hands were shaking."

Thompson and Lewis had little doubt about whether the ball was going to drop.

"We both kind of had that feeling she was going to make that putt on 18, just the way she had putted all day and the just the way things had gone," Lewis said.

Each team receives two points for a win and one for a tie. The United States was the only team that failed to secure a point on the first day.

"You just have to keep positive and try to find the good in the day," Kerr said. "We're going to be coming out guns a blazing. We have nothing to lose from here on in."

British Senior Open: Bernhard Langer opened with 6-under-par 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway at a sweltering Royal Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales. Langer was out in a best-of-the-day 31. He birdied the third, fourth, sixth and eighth holes, and went 5 under when he birdied the long 13th. He dropped a shot at the 16th but rallied immediately with birdies at the two closing holes. Tway set the early target at 4-under 67, with birdies at the first, sixth, 12th and 13th, and no dropped shots. Colin Montgomerie, bidding for his third successive seniors major, was at 74 with just two birdies, and three dropped shots. Tom Watson had a roller-coaster front nine of 1-over 36, steadied for five holes after the turn, then dropped three strokes on successive holes before birdieing the last for 3-over 74. On the way out he birdied the first, dropped a stroke at the next three holes, parred No. 5, birdied the sixth, dropped a stroke at the seventh, birdied the eighth, and parred the ninth

PGA: Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic shared the first-round lead in the Canadian Open, shooting 6-under 64 in sunny conditions at rain-softened Royal Montreal. Canadian amateur Taylor Pendrith and Kyle Stanley were a stroke back, and former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, Nick Watney and Robert Allenby topped the group at 66. Defending champion Brandt Snedeker shot 69.

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