SANDY, Utah — Jason Allred fashioned quite an opening round Thursday at the Web.com Utah Championship, carding a 6-under-par 65 to settle one stroke off the pace set by co-leaders Brad Fritsch, Doug LaBelle II and Morgan Hoffmann at Willow Creek Country Club.
Allred will look to continue his hot play in today's second round, which will be televised on The Golf Channel beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Ashland native tees off at 7 a.m. local time in a group that includes Aron Price (71) and Erik Flores (72).
Allred started his first round on the back nine and found that to his liking, scoring birdie on five of the eighth holes to make the turn in 31. He took a step back with a bogey once his round continued on the front nine, but a birdie at the par-5 third hole put him back at 5 under.
Another bogey on the sixth hole was immediately answered with a birde on the par-3 seventh, then he closed out his stellar round with a birdie on the ninth hole to finish alone in fourth place heading into the second round.
On a day when temperatures reached triple digits but the signature afternoon winds never materialized, 90 players of the 155 who finished their rounds were under par as the stroke average was 70.06 on the par-71 layout. Since 2007, only one Utah Championship winner hasn't made it to at least 20-under — Michael Putnam, who finished at 18-under in 2010.
John Deere Classic
At Silvis, Ill., Troy Matteson scored 10 birdies en route to a bogey-free round of 10-under 61 for a three-stroke stroke lead after one round of the John Deere Classic.
Matteson, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five holes on each nine of the TPC Deere Run to surpass the 7-under 64 of second place Ricky Barnes. Matteson started by making birdies on three of his first four holes and finished with birdies on four of his first five.
He nearly holed out from a bunker on the par-4 ninth for a 60, but settled for par.
Barnes, out in the second group of the day, birdied all three par-5s and two of the four par-3s to pace the morning half of the field.
Robert Garrigus, among a group tied for third at 6-under 65, eagled the par-5 17th by hooking a 270-yard second shot around a tree to set up a 30-foot eagle putt.
Steve Stricker, chasing a fourth straight victory in the Deere, shot a 65 punctuated by an 80-yard wedge for an eagle 2 on the par-4 14th.
U.S. Senior Open
At Lake Orion, Mich., Tom Kite set a U.S. Senior Open record with a 28 on the front nine at Indianwood and finished a 5-under 65.
Corey Pavin's sixth birdie on his 17th hole pulled him into a tie atop the leaderboard, but a penalty pushed him back to the pack after completing his first round.
Pavin hit a chip after his ball moved back a fraction of an inch when he grounded his club on his 14th hole and that later cost him two strokes.
That setback put Bernhard Langer and Lance Ten Broeck in second place, one shot behind Kite. It pushed Pavin into a five-way tie for fourth with Fred Funk, Jeff Sluman, Tom Pernice Jr. and Mikael Hogberg at 3-under 67.
At Inverness, Scotland, Francesco Molinari tied the best round in the Scottish Open's 40-year history, shooting a 10-under 62 to take a two-shot lead into the second day of the British Open warmup tournament.
The Italian rolled in 10 birdies in his first 15 holes in calm early conditions on the Castle Stuart links course, but missed out a chance to shoot the first 59 on the European Tour by finishing with three straight pars.
Top-ranked Luke Donald looked set to finish close behind Molinari until he bogeyed two of his last five holes for a 67. Alejandro Canizares of Spain was second after a 64.