Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golf Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golf Roundup

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McIlroy five shots behind in French Open

In the midst of drastic changes to his swing, Rory McIlroy shot an even-par 71 at the French Open to lie five shots off the lead held by Lucas Bjerregaard midway through the first round on Thursday.

McIlroy, in the spotlight because of his decision to skip the Olympics over concerns about the Zika virus, had four birdies and four bogeys around L'Albatros course at the Le Golf National, the 2018 Ryder Cup host. Bjerregaard shot a 5-under 66, helped by a hole- in-one at No. 2 from 202 yards..

Laird leads Barracuda * Martin Laird of Scotland piled up points with eight birdies to take the first-round lead of the PGA Tour's Barracuda Championship in Reno, Nev. Laird's final birdie on the par- 5 18th hole gave him 15 points, one ahead of Gary Woodland, Camilo Villegas and Greg Chalmers. …

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