- Associated Press - Thursday, August 11, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - On a day of firsts for Olympic golf, Marcus Fraser of Australia had the one that mattered - the first-round lead.

Fraser ran off four straight birdies before the wind arrived and kept right on going until he had an 8-under 63, giving him a three-shot lead over British Open champion Henrik Stenson of Sweden and Graham DeLaet of Canada.

Better yet? He set an Olympic record Thursday, though that was hardly a surprise considering golf had not been part of the Olympics since 1904.

There was plenty for golf to celebrate in its return to the Olympics, from the opening tee shot by Adilson da Silva of Brazil to the first hole-in-one by Justin Rose, who wasn’t even sure his 7-iron from 189 yards on the fourth hole had gone in the cup until he heard the crowd.

Rose was at 67 with Thomas Pieters, Gregory Bourdy, Alex Cejka and Rafael Cabrera Bello. Byeong Hun An and Nicolas Colsaerts shot 68.

Matt Kuchar was the top American at 69. Patrick Reed shot 72, Bubba Watson 73, and Rickie Fowler 75.

U.S. SENIOR OPEN

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) - Vijay Singh rebounded from a bad shot on the 17th to birdie the final hole and take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the U.S. Senior Open.

Still playing full-time on the PGA Tour at age 53, the big Fijian shot a 4-under 66 on a hot and humid afternoon at Scioto Country Club in suburban Columbus.

Singh pushed his tee shot right and bogeyed the par-3 17th. On the par-4 18th, he hit his second shot to 4 feet. The three-time major champion hit 13 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jeff Gallagher, Michael Allen, Gene Sauers and Glen Day shot 68.

Defending champion Jeff Maggert had a 70. He won last year at Del Paso in California.

John Daly also shot 70. Bernhard Langer opened with a 73.

JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) - Andrew Loupe topped the John Deere Classic leaderboard at 8 under when first-round play was suspended because of darkness at rain-soaked TPC Deere Run.

The 27-year-old former LSU player was facing a 6-foot par putt on the par-4 15th hole when play was called for the day.

The tournament was delayed for 3 1/2 hours by a storm that dropped just over an inch of rain. The round resumed at 3:08 p.m., with none of the afternoon starters able to finish.

Loupe had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine and added birdies on the 11th, 13th and 14th.

Zach Johnson, Patrick Rodgers and Ryan Moore were in at 65, and Tom Gillis also was 6 under with two holes left. Johnson won the 2012 tournament. He’s from just up the road in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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