Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Woodland 3 Back of Hanson in Texas

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Woodland 3 Back of Hanson in Texas

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IRVING, Texas -- Peter Hanson made his only back-nine birdie with a 6-foot putt at the 18th hole Thursday, closing out a 5-under 65 for a one-stroke lead over David Duval and two others after the first round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

Duval, ranked 890th in the world 15 years after being No. 1, birdied his last three holes -- Nos. 7-9 -- after pitching in from 57 feet for another birdie at the fifth hole. Marc Leishman and Tim Wilkinson matched Duval at 66.

The 42-year-old Duval almost withdrew before the round because of a muscle issue in his right elbow that made it painful to hit balls and practice this week. About a half-hour before teeing off, he still wasn't sure that he was going to play because his arm was hurting again.

"I'm just glad I chose to tee off today, because I was seriously considering not," Duval said.

Martin Kaymer, The Players Championship winner Sunday, was among eight players at 67.

Gary Woodland kept his hot streak rolling along, as he fired a 2- under 68 and sits in a tie for 13th. That's nine straight rounds of par or better for the Topeka native, dating back to April 27's final round at the Zurich Classic.

Woodland started the day off with a birdie on the par-4 No. 1 but remained at 1 throughout the front nine. He dropped a shot with a bogey at the par-4 No. 10, but got it back with a birdie at the par- 4 No. 11. Woodland then got to 2 under with a birdie on the par-5 No. 16.

The Shawnee Heights grad is in good position to make his 13th straight cut out of a possible 14 tournaments he's played in this season.

Former Kansas golfer Chris Thompson, an Independence native, is tied for 29th after firing a 1-under 69.

Ex-Kansas State golf standout Robert Streb sits in 154th (third- to-last) after shooting a 7-over 77.

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