- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Defending champion Jonas Blixt shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic.

Six of Blixt’s eight birdies came on putts of 10 feet or less on the Old White TPC. The Swede also chipped in from the rough for birdie on No. 16.

Patrick Rodgers, the former Stanford star playing in his third tournament as a pro, was a stroke back along with Chris Kirk, D.A. Points, James Hahn, Jason Bohn, Joe Durant, Jim Renner and Danny Lee.

Steve Stricker topped the group at 66

Masters champion Bubba Watson, the top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world, had a 68.

FRENCH OPEN

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France (AP) - American Kevin Stadler shot a 7-under 64 in his French Open debut to take a one-stroke lead over Germany’s Marcel Siem.

Stadler, the Phoenix Open winner in February had seven birdies in his bogey-free round on Le Golf National’s Albatross Course, the site of the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell opened with a 70, and U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer had a 72.