Thursday's roundup: Midland man in hunt at Senior PGA

Associated Press

Port St. Lucie, Fla. — Jim Deiters and Frank Esposito Jr. shot 8-under 64s on Thursday to share the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.

The 51-year-old Esposito, the PGA head professional at Brooklake Country Club in Florham Park, New Jersey, had a bogey-free round on PGA Golf Club's Ryder Course.

The 50-year-old Deiters, the PGA head professional at Midland (Mich.) Country Club, had nine birdies and a bogey on the Ryder Course.

Deiters and Esposito tied the first-round record set by Bob Ford in 2007 and matched by Roy Vucinich in 2008. They will play the Wanamaker Course on Friday. The final two rounds also will be played on the Wanamaker Course.

The low 35 finishers will earn spots in the Senior PGA Championship in Mat at French Lick (Indiana) Resort.

European Tour

At Belek, Turkey, Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez shot a 9-under 63 for a one-stroke lead on the opening day of the Turkish Airlines Open.

Jimenez eagled his opening hole and had seven birdies in an 11-hole stretch starting on the fourth. He was one shot off the record at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course.

England's Ian Poulter also recorded an eagle and seven birdies, but a bogey left him one shot off the lead. Australia's Wade Ormsby, England's Tyrrell Hatton and South Africa's Brendon De Jonge were at 7 under.

John Daly shot a 69 and Colin Montgomerie, celebrating his 600th European Tour event, had a 76.

PGA Tour

At Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Daniel Berger had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch for a share of the lead in the OHL Classic.

Making his sixth PGA Tour start, Berger birdied Nos. 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7 and finished with two pars to match Will MacKenzie, Robert Garrigus, Steve Wheatcroft, Hudson Swafford and Tony Finau at 6-under 65 on Mayakoba's El Camaleon course.

"This is what we work so hard for, so it's great to get off to a good start, but got to keep it going," said Berger, the 21-year-old Florida State player who earned a PGA Tour card last season on the Tour.

The six-player tie is the largest after 18 holes since six players also topped the leaderboard in the 2013 St. Jude Classic.


At Mexico City, Christina Kim had two eagles in a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the Lorena Ochoa Invitational.

Kim eagled the par-5 second and 17th holes at tree-lined Club de Golf Mexico, the first-year venue after six seasons in host Lorena Ochoa's hometown of Guadalajara.

The 30-year-old Kim also birdied Nos. 4, 7 and 16 in her bogey-free round. She won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2005.

Spain's Azahara Munoz was second. She eagled No. 17 to tie for the lead and dropped back with a bogey on the par-4 18th.