GREENSBORO, N.C. Bon Heintz and rookie Martin Laird matched the course record Thursday with 7-under 63s at Sedgefield Country Club to share the lead in the Wyndham Championship, the PGA Tour's last event before the FedEx Cup playoffs.
They joined three other players who previously shot 63s at the Donald Ross-designed course nobody had done it since Gary Player in 1970, although the pros haven't played Sedgefield since 1976 and surpassed the venue's opening-round record by one stroke.
Garrett Willis birdied his final five holes to join Scott Sterling, Tim Clark and Carl Pettersson one stroke back at 64. Steve Marino, Bob Sowards, Ken Duke and Scott McCarron were two strokes behind at 65.
Heintz started his round on the back nine and birdied five of his first eight holes. He could have pushed his score even lower on his final hole, the par-4 ninth, but he pushed his 15-foot birdie putt to the right and tapped in for par.
CANADIAN WOMEN'S OPEN: At Ottawa, defending champion Lorena Ochoa shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Annika Sorenstam, leaving Michelle Wie nine strokes back in her final LPGA Tour event of the year.
Ochoa, the winner last year at Royal Mayfair in Edmonton, Alberta, hit all 18 greens in regulation and was in the rough only once in sunny, calm conditions on the tree-lined Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club course.
Wie, using the last of her six 2008 sponsor exemptions, bogeyed three of her last six holes for a 75. She birdied Nos. 1 and 3 to get to 2 under, but gave the strokes back with double bogey on the par-5 sixth hole. Down to No. 309 in the world, she needs to win or finish second to avoid a trip to Q-school if she decides to try qualifying.
Se Ri Pak, Nicole Castrale, Meena Lee and Hee-Won Han opened with 68s, and Suzann Pettersen, Catriona Matthew, Song-Hee Kim, In-Kyung Kim and Eunjung Yi had 69s.
JELD-WEN TRADITION: At Sunriver, Ore., defending champion Mark McNulty shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead in the JELD-WEN Tradition, the fourth of the Champions Tour's five major tournaments.
Craig Stadler, Gene Jones, Mark Wiebe, Tim Simpson, Jay Haas and David Eger joined McNulty at top of the leaderboard. The seven-man logjam matched the 1989 GTE North Classic for the biggest tie after 18 holes in Champions Tour history.
Taking advantage of calm and clear conditions to attack the fairways and pins, 15 players finished within a shot of the lead and 46 of the 68 players were even par or better on the Crosswater Course the tour's longest at 7,533 yards.
SAS MASTERS: At Stockholm, Sweden, England's Nick Dougherty holed a 142-yard wedge shot for eagle on his way to a 4-under 66 and a share of the SAS Masters lead. Dougherty, the runner-up last year, was tied with Sweden's Peter Hanson and Spain's Pedro Linhart of Spain after a wet and windy round on the Arlandastad course.
Dougherty's wedge shot went straight in on the par-4 12th hole for the eagle. He missed the cut last week in the PGA Championship with rounds of 77 and 82.