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Run of birdies puts Lewis out front

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France — Stacy Lewis made seven consecutive birdies and tied the Evian Masters record with 9-under 63 in the opening round Thursday.

Her birdie flurry from holes 5-11, plus two more on 17 and 18, helped Lewis to a two-shot lead over Hee Young Park.

"I didn't really have anything going the first few holes. I don't know what changed or clicked," Lewis said. "It was just one of those days where you get into this rhythm. I was more happy to finish with the two birdies than even the seven, just to get some momentum going into tomorrow."

Lewis, a two-time winner this year, matched three-time champion Helen Alfredsson's 63, set in 2008.

"I know I've made six (birdies) in a row before, but I don't know if I've made seven … I almost made eight," Lewis said. "I definitely think this is one of the lowest rounds I've ever shot."

IIlhee Lee finished three shots behind Lewis. Mariajo Uribe and Mika Miyazato are four behind after 67s. Paula Creamer shot 68.

Michelle Wie finished at 73 as did Seminole's Brittany Lincicome. Top-ranked Yani Tseng and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse had 76.

PGA: Scott Piercy kept his cool in the rainy first round of the Canadian Open.

The quick-tempered American roughed up defenseless Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ancaster, Ontario, shooting 8-under 62 to take a one-shot lead.

"I get really mad generally," Piercy said. "That's something that I have to very much control. And it's a lot easier to control when you're playing well. … It's something that I constantly have to work on. I'm kind of a perfectionist in an imperfect game."

Piercy eagled the par-5 fourth and 17th holes and had five birdies and bogey in the rainy conditions to match the competitive course record set by Warren Sye in the third round of the 1991 Ontario Amateur.

Ernie Els, the British Open winner Sunday at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, opened with 72.

Champions: Bernhard Langer shot 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Mark McNulty after the first round of the Senior British Open in Turnberry, Scotland. Langer, who won the 2010 tournament at Carnoustie, had six birdies. Tom Lehman, Michael Allen, David Frost, Jay Don Blake, Dick Mast and Chien Soon Lu shot 66. Tom Watson opened with 69.

Run of birdies puts Lewis out front 07/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:25pm]
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