Matt Kuchar earned a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the Genesis Invitational, where Tiger Woods started hot but faded.

American golfer Kuchar carded a seven-under-par 64 to set the early pace at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades on Thursday.

Kuchar – who was part of Tiger Woods' triumphant Presidents Cup team in Melbourne in December – is without a solo victory since the 2019 Sony Open in Hawaii more than a year ago.

But Kuchar made a strong start in California, where the nine-time PGA Tour champion was bogey-free as he holed seven birdies to top the leaderboard ahead of Lee Kyoung-hoon, Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Adam Schenk and Harold Varner III.

It is a star-studded field for the invitational event – one of only five tournaments given that status by the PGA Tour – and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy is in contention.

World number one McIlroy recorded two eagles, a pair of bogeys and a birdie for a three-under-par 68 on day one.

McIlroy headlines a group of 10 players tied for seventh, including Jason Day and Patrick Reed.

Woods is a stroke further back after the 15-time major winner faltered following a bright start in his pursuit of a maiden Genesis Invitational trophy.

The American superstar made an eagle on his first hole, opening a tournament with an eagle for just the second time since 2003 – the fourth of his career at Riviera.

Woods holed two birdies on a flawless front nine before fading after the turn, with the veteran bogeying twice – including the last for a two-under-par 69.

Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant – who tragically died in a helicopter crash along with his 13-year-old daughter Giannia and seven other victims last month – was honoured around the course.

From a flag in Lakers colours and with Bryant's number eight, to Brooks Koepka sporting headcovers inspired by the five-time NBA champion.

Former world number one Koepka, reigning champion J.B. Holmes and Justin Rose are among the players at two under, while the likes of 2018 winner Dustin Johnson, two-time champion Phil Mickelson, three-time victor Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth ended the day one over the card.

The Hong Kong Open has been postponed due to safety concerns amid the "ongoing level of social unrest", the European Tour has announced.

The tournament – co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour – was set to take place from November 28 to December 1 at the Hong Kong Golf Club, but organisers now hope to schedule it for early next year.

Keith Pelley, chief executive of the European Tour, said: "The decision has been taken due to the ongoing level of social unrest in Hong Kong.

"As the safety of our players, staff, stakeholders and everyone involved in each and every one of our tournaments around the world is our top priority, we feel this is the correct, but unfortunate, course of action.

"The European Tour thanks everyone at the Hong Kong Golf Association, the Hong Kong Golf Club and all persons associated with the Hong Kong Open for their hard work in endeavouring to stage the tournament and we look forward to hopefully returning early next year."

The event offers a prize fund of $2 million at the event, with 2750 Race to Dubai points awarded to the winner.

Former champions in Hong Kong include Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose.

Matthias Schwab increased his Turkish Airlines Open lead to three shots as Patrick Reed, Tyrrell Hatton and Benjamin Hebert surged into contention.

Schwab – seeking a maiden European Tour win – slept on a one-stroke advantage over Danny Willett, Ross Fisher, Thomas Detry and Alex Noren, but only Fisher could cling to the Austrian's coattails in Antalya on Saturday.

Indeed, while Schwab – who eagled the first and birdied the last, just as he had on Friday – carded a composed 66, Detry signed for a 73 as Willett and Noren each hit 74.

Fisher's 68 puts him in a five-man chasing group that includes Hatton and 2018 Masters champion Reed, who both went round in 65, while Frenchman Hebert went one better in the joint-best round of the day.

Heading into Sunday on 18 under par and with some big names on his trail, Schwab has no intention to alter his aggressive approach. 

"The game plan is going to be the same as it's been the last three days," said the 24-year-old, who has secured nine top-10 finishes this season.

"The course is gettable and there are a lot of birdies out there so I'll just stay aggressive because pars won't be enough."

Justin Rose saw his bid for a third consecutive win at the tournament stymied by a one-over-par 73, while fellow Englishman Eddie Pepperell was disqualified after failing to complete the fourth hole - his 13th having started on the back nine - after making multiple visits to the water.

 

Matthias Schwab moved into an outright lead at the Turkish Airlines Open, with Danny Willett part of a closely bunched chasing pack after a low scoring round two.

Austrian Schwab shared the lead with Tom Lewis after round one and is now out ahead on his own after a five-under round of 67 moved him to 12 under for the tournament.

He has nine top-10 finishes this season but is still seeking his first win on the European Tour.

Friday's action also saw Pablo Larrazabal produce a hole-in-one at the fifth.

Schwab, 24, eagled the first hole to set himself up for a strong day in Antalya and was smooth from there, dropping just one shot on the fifth and finishing nicely with a birdie on the last.

"I think I scored well," said Schwab. "I wasn't really hitting them great at all, especially early on, but I kept it together. 

"I'll have to play aggressive golf and keep the foot on the gas pedal, pars will definitely not be enough this weekend."

Lewis, meanwhile, dropped down the leaderboard after a round of 70 left him three shots off the pace.

Four players – Willett, Ross Fisher, Thomas Detry and Alex Noren - sit one shot behind Schwab in a tie for second.

Willett scored 66 having birdied four of the first seven holes, while fellow Englishman Fisher had nine birdies in an impressive eight-under round of 64.

But it was Scotsman Robert MacIntyre who produced the best round of the tournament so far, not dropping a shot in a superb 63 that saw him hit the turn in 29.

MacIntyre is two shots behind Schwab along with Justin Harding, Jason Scrivener, David Lipsky and Justin Rose.

Rose therefore remains in contention to win this event, part of the Rolex Series, for a third straight year.

Matthias Schwab and Tom Lewis hold a share of the lead after the first round of the Turkish Open, with Justin Rose well poised in pursuit of a hat-trick. 

The in-form Schwab has nine top-10 finishes this season and the Austrian made a strong start at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal on Thursday, carding a seven-under 65.

Schwab hit the turn in 31 following a fine front nine that included an eagle three at the fourth, with the only blemish coming via a bogey on the ninth, before three birdies on the way back in enhanced his chances of securing a maiden European Tour win.

Lewis lit up the back nine as he capitalised on favourable conditions in Antalya by birdieing six of the last seven holes.

"I holed a lot of putts out there. It just happened to be my back nine and I had good fun," said Lewis. 

"The course suits me and hopefully I can make more [on Friday]."

Rose, winner of this tournament in each of the last two years, is just two shots off the pace after an impressive finish to his opening round, making gains at the last three holes.

The former world number one is a stroke behind Alex Noren, Thomas Pieters and David Lipsky.

Fellow major champion Danny Willett is among six players level with Rose on five under.

Victor Perez outlasted Matthew Southgate in a round-four thriller to claim his maiden European Tour title at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The duo were level heading into Sunday's play at St Andrews' old course and were still unable to be split by the 17th after a ding-dong battle.

However, a costly bogey from Southgate at the penultimate hole meant Frenchman Perez – who now resides in nearby Dundee – was able to lift the trophy thanks to a two-under-par 70 that left him at 22 under overall.

"The emotions were really high all day," said Perez, who graduated from the European Challenge Tour last season.

"It was really cold and windy, a long day out there and I felt I was able to battle.

"It wasn't easy, Matt played amazing. I was expecting some of the guys to charge and we were fortunate that it was kind of a one on one battle on the back nine.

"JP [Fitzgerald, Perez's caddie] knows the three courses like the back of his pocket, especially St Andrews, and it was a huge advantage for me to know where to hit it and really trust him."

A run of four birdies in five holes prior to the turn seemingly saw the momentum shift to Southgate, but dropped shots at 14 and 17 proved his undoing as he finished one stroke back.

Perez's victory means he enters the world's top 70, and also the top 20 in the European Tour's Race to Dubai Rankings.

Paul Waring and Joakim Lagergren finished two shots back in a tie for third, while Tommy Fleetwood and Tom Lewis each signed for sensational 64s to finish among a cluster of five players three strokes adrift.

Rory McIlroy has not quite been able to keep pace with the leaders this weekend but a classy 67 saw him finish the tournament at 15 under, one shot above Justin Rose. 

Victor Perez and Matthew Southgate hit the front at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Saturday as several big names faltered in Scotland.

Perez has never won a European Tour event but, after tackling St Andrews and Carnoustie with some success, he kicked clear on the Kingsbarns leg, only to be caught by Southgate.

Paul Waring had set a clubhouse target of 18 under before Perez crept into contention and then seized control of the tournament with five consecutive birdies.

The Frenchman started from the 10th but left his best work for the way back on the traditional front nine, picking up shots from the second to sixth holes.

Perez recovered from a bogey at the eighth to end with a birdie and carded an eight-under 64 to move to 20 under.

But he was matched by Southgate, playing St Andrews, at the last, the 30-year-old's late birdie securing a seven under - his scores this week reading: 65, 66, 65.

Invitee Matthew Jordan, who had led heading into the weekend, saw his form tail away at Carnoustie, firing three straight birdies on the back nine but ending with two bogeys across the final three holes, slumping to joint-ninth with a 71.

But he was far from the only player to have excelled on Friday and found the following day's play rather trickier.

Justin Rose lit up the tournament with a sensational first nine holes on Friday, scoring just 28 before the turn, but he was back in a tie for 14th after 48 holes.

The Englishman could only manage a two-under 70 even with a birdie at the last at St Andrews.

Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy also shot a 70 at the Old Course after a slow start and was joint-40th, a shot back from Tommy Fleetwood, who recorded the same score in a very mixed round.

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