OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Yani Tseng made a 12-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to give Taiwan a sweep of the top-seeded United States in the opening round of the International Crown.
Tseng and Phoebe Yao never trailed in a 1-up win over Stacy Lewis and Lexi Thompson. Earlier, Candie Kung and Teresa Lu beat Paula Creamer and Cristie Kerr 4 and 3.
Each team receives two points for a win and one for a tie. After two more rounds of better-ball pool play, the top two in each pool and the winner of a playoff between the third-place teams will play singles Sunday.
On Friday, the United States (0 points) will face Spain (3) in Pool A, and Taiwan (4) will take on Thailand (1). In Pool B, Japan (3) will face South Korea (2), and Australia (2) will play Sweden (1).
Japan took the lead in Pool B with a strong performance against Sweden. Ai Miyazato and Sakura Yokomine beat Pernilla Lindberg and Mikaela Parmlid 2 up, and Mamilo Higa and Mika Miyazato halved with Caroline Hedwall and Anna Nordqvist.
Langer shoots 65 for Senior British lead
BRIDGEND, Wales — Bernhard Langer shot a 6-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead over American Bob Tway in the Senior British Open at sweltering Royal Porthcawl.
Langer, who threw away a two-stroke lead on the final hole at Royal Birkdale last year and lost to Mark Wiebe in a playoff, won the 2010 tournament at Carnoustie.
England’s Chris Williams was third at 68.
Scotland’s Colin Montgomerie, seeking his third straight senior major title, shot 74.
Jarrod Lyle opens with 67 in U.S. return
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Jarrod Lyle shot a 4-under 67 on Thursday in the Web.com Tour’s Midwest Classic, the Australian’s first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia.
The 32-year-old Lyle, travelling with wife Briony and 2-year-old daughter Lusi, had four front-nine birdies in his bogey-free round at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He was three strokes behind leader Paul Haley II. Lyle also is set to play Web.com Tour events Aug. 7-10 in Springfield, Missouri, and Aug. 14-17 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Lyle returned to play in November in the Australian Masters and also played in the Victorian Open near his hometown in February.
Horsey gets hot late for Russian Open lead
MOSCOW — England’s David Horsey birdied four of his final six holes for a 7-under 65 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Russian Open. Scotland’s Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford were tied for second. Former French Open tennis champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov had an 83.
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