Former winner Martin Laird is best of British in Las Vegas event

Former winner Martin Laird fared best of the British contingent as Bryson DeChambeau took up in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas where he left off when winning the US Open last month.

Martin Laird hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during round one of the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Martin Laird hits his tee shot on the 14th hole during round one of the Shriners Hospitals For Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Picture: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

In his first outing since claiming a maiden major victory in style at Winged Foot, DeChambeau matched his career-best score on the PGA Tour with a nine-under-par 62 at TPC Summerlin.

That earned him a one-shot lead over five fellow Americans, Austin Cook, Harold Varner III, Scott Harrington and Patrick Cantlay, with six players sitting on seven-under.

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Laird, who landed the first of his three PGA Tour title triumphs in this event in 2009, signed for eight birdies as he opened with a 65 to sit in a tie for 13th.

England's Tom Lewis shot a 67 to sit tied for 32nd, while Paul Casey and Luke Donald are two shots back on two-under.

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Meanwhile, Malaysia's Kelly Tan and American Brittany Lincicome battled windy conditions to share the opening round lead at the KPMG Women's PGA Championship in Pennsylvania.

The duo shot three-under 67s to sit a shot ahead of a six-strong group that includes former world No 1 Lydia Ko, Spaniard Carlota Ciganda and Swede Linnea Storm.

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English pair Charley Hull and Georgia Hall both opened with 70s to sit just outside the top 10.

But newly-crowned ShopRite LPGA Classic champion Mel Reid had to settle for a 74 while it was also a tough day for Scottish No 1 Gemma Dryburgh as he signed for an 81.

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