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Veteran Love shoots 63, trails rookie Munoz by 2

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Davis Love III can still get some solid work done in a PGA Tour event.

Heading into the World Golf Hall of Fame in September, the 53-year-old Love shot 7-under 63 on Thursday in The Greenbrier Classic, leaving him two strokes behind first-round leader Sebastian Munoz.

Love is looking for his first win since the 2015 Wyndham Championship, which made him the third-oldest winner in PGA history. He would be the oldest if he wins in West Virginia.

Slowed this year by a bad back and a broken collarbone sustained in a January snowboarding accident, Love took advantage of a course softened by overnight rain for his best round of the season.

"I've been working real hard the last couple of weeks on trying to fix my swing to kind of swing around a stiff back and a stiff hip," Love said.

His son, Davis Love IV, 23, also is in the field, receiving a sponsor exemption. It's the second time they are playing the same tournament; the other was the RSM Classic two years ago. The elder Love served as his son's caddie in the U.S. Open last month.

Munoz, a 24-year-old Colombian, was boosted by five birdies on the back nine for a 61.

The PGA Tour rookie was 6 under through 10 holes. He missed a short birdie putt on the par-5 12th and bogeyed the par-4 13th after his approach shot found the greenside rough. He then took charge with birdies on the next four holes.

He said he didn't feel comfortable putting during practice Wednesday, so a friend gave him some tips.

"Things kind of clicked," Munoz said. "It was a good surprise."

Defending champion Danny Lee was at 64 along with David Lingmerth, Ben Martin, rookie Xander Schauffele, and Graham DeLaet and Nick Taylor.

Phil Mickelson shot 67 in his first tournament since parting ways with his caddie of 25 years, Jim "Bones" Mackay. Mickelson's brother, Tim Mickelson, is his caddie for the rest of the year.

LPGA: Rookie Laura Gonzalez Escallon birdied three of the final four holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead with Sei Young Kim in the Thornberry Creek Classic at Oneida, Wis. Madeleine Sheils and Min-G Kim shot 66.

EUROPE: American Daniel Im and Benjamin Hebert of France share the Irish Open's first round lead after shooting 8-under 64s at Portstewart, Northern Ireland. On a day when more than 100 players broke par, tournament host Rory McIlroy is eight strokes back at par 72.

Veteran Love shoots 63, trails rookie Munoz by 2 07/06/17 [Last modified: Thursday, July 6, 2017 9:57pm]
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