Once Jeff Overton finally made a putt Thursday in the Frys.com Open, he felt as if he couldn't miss. Over his last 11 holes at CordeValle, he made three birdie putts of more than 25 feet and a 20-foot eagle putt on the par-five nine. He finished with a tap-in birdie on the 18th for a seven-under 64 to take a one-stroke first-round lead over the early starters. Overton's impressive putting came after he had hit the ball so well on the first six holes that he had only one birdie attempt longer than 15 feet and missed everything.
The PGA Tour season is starting in October instead of January for the first time in history. The official season ends next September at the Tour Championship, although there will be a six-week break leading to the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.
South Korea's Ilhee Lee shot a seven-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over Brittany Lang after the opening round of the LPGA Malaysia at Kuala Lumpur.
Lydia Ko, a 16-year-old amateur from New Zealand who is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, has asked Tour officials to waive the age limit of 18 that is preventing her from turning pro.
Michael McCoy won the U.S. Mid-Amateur on Thursday for his first USGA title, routing Bill Williamson, 8 and 6, in the 36-hole final at the Country Club of Birmingham, Ala. McCoy earned a spot in the Masters with the victory. At 50, McCoy, an insurance agent from West Des Moines, Iowa, is the second-oldest winner in the event. Randal Lewis won the 2011 tournament at 54.
Julia Potter won the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur at Biltmore Forest in Asheville, N.C., beating Margaret Shirley in 19 holes to become the first left-hander to win a USGA female event.
MOTOR RACING: Jeff Gordon wins pole
Jeff Gordon won the pole for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway at Concord, N.C., with a lap of 194.308 mph. He edged Kevin Harvick for his ninth pole at Charlotte, the second-most in track history. Greg Biffle qualified third for the Saturday night race.
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was released from a Houston hospital Thursday, four days after fracturing his spine and breaking his right ankle in an IndyCar Series crash. Franchitti will eventually have a second surgery on his ankle. He underwent surgery Sunday night to stabilize his ankle after the accident on the last lap of the Grand Prix of Houston.
TENNIS: Gaels Monfils upsets Roger Federer
Roger Federer's chances of qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals took a hit when he lost to Gael Monfils in the Shanghai Masters at China, the latest early-round loss for the 17-time Grand Slam champion. Monfils beat the former No. 1-ranked Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, in the third round.
Second-seeded Sloane Stephens needed 21/2 hours to defeat Andrea Petkovic, 7-6 (1), 4-6, 6-3, and top-seeded Angelique Kerber cruised past Alexandra Cadantu, 6-1, 6-0, in the quarterfinals of the tournament at Linz, Austria.