Hall leads with shot at PGA card on the line

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Down to his last chance to earn a PGA Tour card, Ashley Hall opened the Web.com Tour Championship with his second-best score of the year — even though he called a penalty on himself when he noticed his ball slightly move.

The 29-year-old Australian bounced back from that penalty shot to birdie two of his last three holes for a 7-under 63 on the Valley Course at the TPC Sawgrass. That gave him a one-shot lead Thursday over Robert Karlsson of Sweden and Mark Anderson, who already is assured his PGA Tour card.

The Web.com Tour Championship is the last of four tournaments for 25 players to earn PGA Tour cards for the 2013-14 season.

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

At St. Andrews, Scotland, England's Oliver Wilson boosted his chances of regaining a European Tour card, shooting an 8-under 64 for a share the first-round lead in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

USGA Senior Amateur

At Cashiers, N.C., Doug Hanzel won the USGA Senior Amateur, beating Pat O'Donnell 3 and 2 in the championship match at Wade Hampton Golf Club.

The 56-year-old Doug Hanzel, from Savannah, Ga., opened a three-hole lead with a par on the par-4 15th and matched O'Donnell's birdie on the par-4 16th to end the match.

Senior Women's Amateur

At San Martin, Calif., Ellen Port successfully defended her Senior Women's Amateur title for her sixth U.S. Golf Association victory.

The 52-year-old Port, a high school teacher and coach in St. Louis, beat 50-year-old Susan Cohn of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., 3 and 2 at CordeValle.

Port, the 2014 U.S. Curtis Cup captain, won the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur four times.

Port tied Glenna Collett Vare and Hollis Stacy for fourth place on the USGA's female victory list. JoAnne Carner tops the list with eight, and Carol Semple Thompson and Anne Quast Sander have seven.


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