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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ David Frost shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the first round of the Champions Tour’s Toshiba Classic.

Frost had eight birdies in his bogey-free round, four on the first five holes on the back nine and another on the par-5 closing hole. Three of his approach shots stopped within a foot of the hole for tap-in birdies.

Couples, the 2010 winner at Newport Beach Country Club, had seven birdies and a bogey.

Jim Gallagher Jr. opened with a 66, and Bernhard Langer topped the group at 67.

Frost has three victories on the 50-and-over tour. In three events this year, the South African has finished no worse than a tie for ninth and lost in a playoff to John Cook in Hawaii.


BANGKOK (AP) _ Australia’s Scott Strange topped the Thailand Open leaderboard Saturday after the completion of the rain-delayed second round.

Strange shot a 7-under 65 on Friday to reach 13 under before play was delayed in the event sanctioned by the Japanese and OneAsia tours. Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington was tied for fifth, two strokes back after a 66.


GREATER NOIDA, India (AP) _ Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat and China’s Liang Wenchong shot 6-under 66 to share the second-round lead in the Avantha Masters at 12-under 132.

The event at Greg Norman-designed Jaypee Greens is sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.