Johnson takes lead at World Challenge

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Zach Johnson birdied four of the par 5s and shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-shot lead Thursday over Matt Kuchar in the World Challenge.

Only five players in the elite 18-man field managed to break par at Sherwood Country Club. One of them was tournament host Tiger Woods, who had a new driver in the bag and missed only two fairways. The problem was his putter, including a short birdie attempt that missed on the last hole. He had a 71.

Kuchar hit his approach to 2 feet on the final hole for a 68.

Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson were at 70. They are among seven players who have yet to win a tournament this year, even though everyone at Sherwood is among the top 30 in the world.

Nedbank Golf Challenge

At Sun City, South Africa, England's Luke Donald topped the Nedbank Golf Challenge leaderboard at 5 under when first-round play was suspended for the day because of lightning.

Donald completed 11 holes at Gary Player Country Club.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn and Wales' Jamie Donaldson were 3 under. Bjorn played six holes, and Donaldson completed 12. Defending champion Martin Kaymer of Germany was 2 under after six holes.

Hong Kong Open

At Hong Kong, Ireland's David Higgins shot a 6-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead in the Hong Kong Open.

Italy's Andrea Pavan was second in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain opened with a 70. Last year, Jimenez became the oldest champion in European Tour history, winning at 48 years, 318 days. He also won the event in 2005 and 2008.


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