Incredible Chip Assists Na’s 62

May 25, 2018 GMT

Kevin Na chipped in from the rough more than 90 feet away for an incredible birdie to close out an 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead in the Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial on Thursday.

After Na’s tee shot at the 399-yard ninth hole went into the rough to the right, his approach flew over the green and settled against a temporary grandstand. His relief was a drop into more rough, but after the chip to the green, the ball rolled over a ridge, started to curl and caught the right edge of the cup before falling to end his round.

That put him one stroke ahead of Charley Hoffman, who also was bogey-free when shooting a 63 in the morning round.

Jhonattan Vegas, Emiliano Grillo, Andrew Putnam and Beau Hossler shot 64.

Nevada club professional Stuart Smith admitted sleeping on the lead of the biggest tournament available to him might be a problem.

“I can’t say, ‘Oh, it won’t bother me.’ But to me, it’s fun,” Smith said after shooting a 5-under 66 for a share of the first-round lead in the Senior PGA Championship in Benton Harbor, Mich. Smith closed his morning round with a double bogey on the par-4 18th, and Scott McCarron, Tim Petrovic, Wes Short Jr., Barry Lane and Peter Lonard matched the 66 in the afternoon. ... In Ann Arbor, Mich., Moriya Jutanugarn, Caroline Masson, Danielle Kang and Amy Olson shot 6-under 66 to share the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour’s Volvik Championship. Ariya Jutanugarn, the Kingsmill Championship winner last week in Virginia, opened with a 69.



Celtics snubbed

LeBron James was unanimously selected to the All-NBA first team for a record 12th time, while Houston’s James Harden also appeared on all 100 first-team ballots.

They were joined on the first team by New Orleans’ Anthony Davis, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Portland’s Damian Lillard.

James passed Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone with the 12th first-team selection of his 15-year career. He also was a second-team selection twice.

The second team was forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee and LaMarcus Aldridge of San Antonio, Philadelphia center Joel Embiid, and guards Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and DeMar DeRozan of Toronto.


Ohtani start pushed back

The Los Angeles Angels are pushing back Shohei Ohtani’s next outing as a starting pitcher to manage the workload of the two-way rookie, meaning he’ll miss a much-anticipated showdown at Yankee Stadium against Masahiro Tanaka.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia made the announcement before Thursday’s 8-1 win over the Blue Jays.


Kyle Busch will start at the front of the field Sunday in the Coca-Cola 600, and NASCAR Cup Series points leader Kevin Harvick will begin in the rear. Busch took the pole for NASCAR’s longest race by turning a lap of 191.836 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Joey Logano will start alongside Busch on the front row. ... The son of former Indiana and Colorado coach Bill Mallory says his father is in hospice after undergoing brain surgery following a fall. Curt Mallory, who is the head coach at Indiana State, posted on Twitter that Bill Mallory, 83, fell on Tuesday.

“The family of Bill Mallory is overwhelmed by the love and support for our father, Papa and beloved husband. Following a fall on Tuesday, Bill had emergency brain surgery. Sadly, there has been no improvement and hospice care has begun,” Curt Mallory tweeted Thursday.

Bill Mallory was a head coach in major college football for 27 seasons with Miami, Ohio; Colorado; Northern Illinois; and Indiana. He was 168-129-4 in his career, including 69 victories and six bowl appearances with Indiana from 1984-96.