NORTON, Mass. — Ryan Moore changed his schedule to pile up tournaments at the end of the year with hopes of getting into a rhythm going into the FedEx Cup playoffs.
He has no complaints with the results.
Moore backed up a good start to the playoffs with a 6-under 65 on Friday to share the first-round lead with James Hahn on a day when hardly anyone seemed too far away. After one round at the TPC Boston, 37 players were separated by three shots.
Phil Mickelson would be an exception.
Mickelson, who leads the PGA Tour in adjusted scoring average and said he wanted to win the Vardon Trophy for the first time in his career, took two swipes out of high grass in a water hazard to no avail, finally took a drop and made a quadruple-bogey 8 on the sixth hole. That sent him to 75.
Moore and Hahn played bogey-free on a breezy day that allowed for good scoring, even though no one went terribly low. They were one shot ahead of Paul Casey and Fabian Gomez. The average score was 69.67 as 80 of the 97 players in the field were at par or better.
Moore won the John Deere Classic last month and tied for seventh last week at The Barclays in the playoff opener to move to No. 11 in the FedEx Cup.
As usual, there were Ryder Cup implications.
Jim Furyk, J.B. Holmes and Daniel Berger were in the group at 67, all of them to make an impression before Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III starts filling out the U.S. team with three picks in 10 days. Holmes finished 10th in the standings, while Furyk was at No. 15 even though he four months recovering from wrist surgery.
Jordan Spieth, Barclays winner Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson were at 68. Jason Day, the world No. 1, opened with a 70 and then discovered his wife and two children were involved in a car accident near their travel bus. Day said his wife was taken to the hospital as a precaution, though everyone seemed to be OK.
LPGA MANULIFE CLASSIC
CAMBRIDGE, Ontario — Marina Alex eagled her final hole for an 8-under 64 and the second-round lead Friday in the LPGA Manulife Classic.
Alex played the final five holes in 5 under for the lowest score in her LPGA Tour career, setting up the 18-foot eagle putt with a 5-wood approach on the par-5 ninth.
The 26-year-old former Vanderbilt player had a 10-under 134 total at Whistle Bear for a one-stroke lead over Thailand’s P.K. Kongkraphan and South Korea’s Hyo Joo Kim.
Second-ranked Ariya Jutanugarn was four strokes back after a 68 in her bid to win three straight events for the second time this season. She won the Canadian Pacific Women’s Open on Sunday in Alberta.
Kongkraphan had a bogey-free 66, and Kim closed with a birdie for a 67.
Canadian star Brooke Henderson was 3 under after a 71. Top-ranked Lydia Ko was 2 under after a 72.
SHAW CHARITY CLASSIC
CALGARY, Alberta — David Frost made two eagles and shot a bogey-free 8-under 62 to take the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Shaw Charity Classic.
The 56-year-old South African player eagled the par-5 11th and 18th holes at Canyon Meadows in the round interrupted by lightning, thunder, hail and heavy rain. He was a stroke short of the tournament record of 61 set by Fred Couples in his 2014 victory and matched by Miguel Angel Jimenez last year.
Defending champion Jeff Maggert and Argentina’s Jose Coceres were a stroke back.
Tom Byrum had a 64, and Tom Watson, Bernhard Langer, Mark Calcavecchia, Mark Brooks, Fred Funk and Kirk Triplett shot 65. Watson eagled the 18th to break his age by a stroke two days before his 67th birthday. He played alongside Langer, the 59-year-old German star who won the Boeing Classic on Sunday in Washington for his fourth victory of the year and 29th overall on the 50-and-over tour.
CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland — France’s Romain Langasque shot a 7-under 63 for a shate of the European Masters lead with Australia’s Richard Green and England’s Richard Bland.
The 21-year-old Langasque, making his fifth European Tour start, matched Green (66) and Bland (654) at 9-under 131 at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club.
Defending champion Danny Willett of England had a quadruple-bogey 8 at the par-4 12th in his round of 72. The Masters champion was 3 under. England’s Lee Westwood, a Ryder Cup pick by captain Darren Clarke, shot a 66 to move to 2 under.