Koepka's 64 leadS WGC IN SHANGHAI
SHANGHAI — U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka made birdie from a water hazard late in his round to shoot 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead Thursday after the opening round of the HSBC Champions. "Any time you can get off to a good start and be close to the lead or have the lead, that's what you want," the former FSU standout said.
He had a one-shot lead over Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, who dressed in black in honor of the of the five-day funeral that began at home for King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Gavin Green also opened with 65. Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, opened with 68.
Twenty-eight players from the 78-player field broke 70 in the World Golf Championships event.
PGA: Andrew Landry and J.J. Spaun are among five players who shot 6-under 66 to share a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss. The other co-leaders: Conrad Shindler, Ryan Armour and Wyndham Clark. None of the five have ever won on tour.
LPGA: Lydia Ko fired 64 for her best opening round of the year to lead the LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur at 7 under. The former No. 1 player was one shot ahead of Su Oh. Seminole's Brittany Lincicome was five strokes back at 2-under 69.
Hingis says retiring again
Martina Hingis said she will retire from the sport for the third time at the end of the WTA Finals in Singapore. Hingis, 37, confirmed the news on Twitter and Facebook after winning her quarterfinal doubles match. Hingis and Chan Yung-Jan defeated Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke 6-3, 6-2. "Now that the cat is out of the bag, here we are for the third, and final time," she wrote. Hingis retired in 2003, then returned in 2006, but after testing positive for cocaine during the 2007 Wimbledon tournament, she left again. In 2013, Hingis returned as a doubles-only player. She amassed five Grand Slam singles titles, 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, and is one of six female players to hold the No. 1 ranking in both singles and doubles at the same time.
MORE TENNIS: Venus Williams reached the semifinals at the WTA Finals by beating Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-4. Williams advanced from the White Group along with Karolina Pliskova, who lost to Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-1. Both Williams and Pliskova finished with 2-1 records in the round-robin format. … Roger Federer beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the Swiss Indoors quarterfinals in Basel, Switzerland.
SOCCER: Pedro Caixinha was fired by Glasgow Rangers after seven months managing the Scottish Premier League club. Rangers under-20 coach Graeme Murty will be the interim manager … Columbus beat host Atlanta 3-1 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw in front of an MLS playoff-record crowd of 67,221. The previous high for attendance was 61,316 at the 2002 MLS Cup in Foxborough, Mass. On Wednesday, Vancouver shut out San Jose 5-0 in the second-worst playoff rout in league history. The record is Chicago's 6-0 win over New England in 2000.
ALPINE SKIING: With several top competitors out with injuries, Lindsey Vonn announced she will be competing in the women's giant slalom at Saturday's season-opening World Cup event in Soelden, Austria. It will be Vonn's first GS start since January 2016.