Denny McCarthy shot a career-low 8-under-par 63 for the first-round lead Thursday at the Byron Nelson in Dallas, where the local spotlight is on Trinity Forest members Jordan Spieth and Tony Romo.
McCarthy had 10 birdies over a 12-hole stretch after a double-bogey in his morning round. The Virginia alum was a stroke ahead of Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge. Three-time major champion Brooks Koepka was among a large group at 65.
Spieth shot 68 during the afternoon when the wind picked up at the rain-soaked course. Romo, the CBS NFL analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption, had a 76 that included a chip-in eagle at the seventh.
McCarthy was part of the high school Class of 2011, along with Spieth, a three-time major champion, and 2017 PGA Tour Player of the Year Justin Thomas. Three other PGA Tour Rookies of the Year also came from that group, and all have PGA Tour wins.
McCarthy’s best PGA Tour finish was fourth last year in the Dominican Republic, when he played his first two rounds with Romo, who missed the cut there in his only two previous PGA Tour starts.
• Glen Day was 7-under through 16 holes to top the Regions Tradition leaderboard when bad weather in Birmingham, Ala., halted the opening round of the first PGA Tour Champions major of the year.
Maximum Risk owners might sue
The owners of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security are evaluating their legal options after an appeal of the decision was denied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Gary and Mary West said in a statement Thursday that they believe with “a just and proper hearing of our case, Maximum Security will be restored as the rightful winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby.”
The colt crossed the finish line first only to be DQ’d and placed 17th for interference in the final turn Saturday. It was the first DQ for interference by a winner in the Derby’s 145-year history.
Tennis: Roger Federer saved two match points and beat Gael Monfils 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (3) in the third round of the Madrid Open.
It was the 1,200th career win for Federer. He joined Jimmy Connors as the only male players to have reached the milestone in the Open Era.
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, second-seeded Rafael Nadal and defending champion Alexander Zverev also advanced to the last eight.
In the women’s quarterfinals, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Belinda Bencic, falling to the Swiss woman for the second time this season.
Soccer: The New England Revolution fired head coach Brad Friedel after just two wins (2-8-2) this season. Assistant coach Mike Lapper will become interim head coach.
Friedel, a former U.S. World Cup goalkeeper, finished with a 12-21-13 record through less than two seasons in charge.
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