- Associated Press - Friday, August 8, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Rory McIlroy showed no sign of letting up. Lee Westwood might just be getting started. Momentum was a big theme Thursday in PGA Championship, and it even applied to Tiger Woods.

Except that Woods kept going the wrong direction.

Westwood followed up a season-best 63 four days ago at Firestone by matching his best score in a major championship. He made nine birdies at Valhalla for a 6-under 65, giving him a share of the first-round lead with Ryan Palmer and Kevin Chappell.

One shot behind was McIlroy, the No. 1 player and favorite in the final major of the year. McIlroy, coming off back-to-back wins at the British Open and a World Golf Championship, overcame a wild double bogey on the par-5 10th hole by running off four straight birdies. His eagle attempt on the 18th hole narrowly missed. He settled for a 66, a solid start in his bid to become the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year.

Woods achieved that feat twice, including at Valhalla in 2000.

On a day when nearly half the field shot par or better, Woods opened with a 3-over 74. He hit two tee shots that missed the fairway by some 30 yards, hooked a 3-wood into a creek and hit a spectator with his tee shot on a par 3. His two best putts were for par and bogey.


BELMONT, Mich. (AP) - Sandra Gal made six straight birdies on her back nine to take the first-round lead in the Meijer LPGA Classic, and Michelle Wie withdrew because of a wrist injury.

Gal, the 29-year-old German who won her lone LPGA Tour title in 2011, birdied Nos. 3-8 and finished with a par on No. 9 for a 6-under 65 at Blythefield Country Club.

Wie was 5 over after nine holes when she pulled out. She fought injuries to both wrists in 2007.

South Korea’s Inbee Park was a stroke behind Gal.

Australia’s Katherine Kirk opened with a 67, and Azahara Munoz was another stroke back along with IIhee Lee, Katy Harris, Gerina Piller, Amy Young and Line Vedel.


GLEN COVE, N.Y. (AP) - Canadian teen Brooke Mackenzie Henderson advanced to the U.S. Women’s Amateur quarterfinals, winning two matches at Nassau Country Club.

The 16-year-old Henderson, the low amateur in the U.S. Women’s Open, beat Ember Schuldt of Sterling, Illinois 4 and 3 in the morning, and topped Dylan Kim of Plano, Texas, 3 and 2 in the third round.

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