8am Round-Up: Catriona Matthew off to another good start

Catriona Matthew opened with a four-under-par 68 in San Francisco. Picture: Neil Hanna
Catriona Matthew opened with a four-under-par 68 in San Francisco. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Catriona Matthew is off to another promising start in her latest LPGA Tour event, the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in San Francisco.

The 46-year-old North Berwick woman, who also came flying out of the blocks in last month’s ANA Inspiration, opened with a four-under-par 68.

That effort was eclipsed by So Yeon Ryu as the South Korean carded a bogey-free nine-under par 63 to take a two-stroke lead.

Nonethless, it was a good day’s work for Matthew, who bagged five birdies, including a brace at the 17th and 18th.

The effort left her sitting joint-sixth alongside world No 1 and defending champion Lydia Ko.

Ryu, whose last victory on the LPGA Tour was the 2014 Canadian Pacific Women’s Open, set a new tournament course record on day one with an effort that contained 27 putts.

Her nearest challengers are Japan’s Haru Nomura, winner of the Australian Open earlier in the year, and Candie Kung from Chinese-Taipei.

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Great Britain & Ireland suffered a nightmare opening day in the Concession Cup, losing the foursomes 8-1 to a United States side captained by Jack Nicklaus at Bradenton in Florida.

Scottish duo Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm) and Barry Hume (Haggs Castle) suffered a disappointing 6&5 defeat to Patrick Christovich and Tim Jackson after losing six of the first seven holes.

In contrast, Prestwick’s James Bunch got off to a promising start to his match in the compnay of Irishman Pat Murray.

But, after being one up heading to the eighth tee, they then lost three holes in a row before losing 5&3.

Broomieknowe’s David Gardner and Englishman Richard Patridge were one up with five play before losing four holes in a row as they went down 3&2 to Doug Hanzel and Jack Hall.

Erksine’s Ronnie Clark, who had former Walker Cup captain Garth McGimpsey at his side, suffered a 2&1 defeat at the hands of Paul Simpson and Brady Exber.

GB&I captain Tony Jacklin had Ben Westgate and Mike Hearne to thank for preventing a whitewash as they chiselled out a solitary success, beating Nathan Smith and Todd White 3&2.

Clark and Hume have been retained for today’s fourballs by Jacklin, the pair being sent out at the top of the order by the former Ryder Cup captain.

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Stephen Gallacher had dropped a shot in his opening 13 holes of the second round before bad weather disrupted the Shenzhen International for the third time.

Just an hour and 40 minutes of play was possible in the second round before a thunderstorm caused a delay of three hours, and although play was able to resume shortly before noon local time, more bad weather arrived two hours later.

Gallacher, who had opened with a two-under-par 70, was out in 36, level-par, before taking a bogey at the third, his 12th.

Three off the ovenight lead after his opening 69, Richie Ramsay hadn’t started his second round before the suspension.

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Brendan Steele moved into a two-shot lead before the first round of the Valero Texas Open was suspended due to darkness.

Steele was eight under par after 13 holes, good enough to put him two clear of clubhouse leader Charley Hoffman and three clear of both Stuart Appleby and Peter Malnati, who were also able to finish their rounds.

Play had been delayed for more than three hours by wet weather in the San Antonio area.

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Jimmy Gunn is eight shots off the lead after the opening round of the web.com Tour’s El Bosque Mexico Championship in Guanajuato.

The Dornoch man carded a one-over-par 73 as American Brian Campbell set the pace with a 65 to lead by a shot.

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Sean Jacklin opened with a level-par 74 in the Guatemala Stella Artois Open on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour.

Jacklin is Tony’s son but is flying the Scottish flag on the back of being born in Biggar.

James Ross, the other Scot in the field, was level-par through six holes when play was suspended due to bad weather.