Svensson holds first round lead at Barbasol Championship

Nicholasville, Kentucky (AP) – Adam Svensson had two eagles in a 10-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead Thursday at the Barbasol Championship on the PGA Tour.

Playing through temperatures in the 90s at Ken Tres, the par-5 Canadian Eagle is 15th and eighth. The first eagle came after his only bogey on the 14th, and the second-on a 31-foot putt-gave him the lead.

‘I’ve had two top-25 players in the last few events and I’ve always had, not problems, but kind of struggled a little with the racket,’ said Svensson, whose best finish this season was a tie for seventh place at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

‘I’ve been working on putting the ball more than I’ve been working on scoring the ball, and it’s usually the opposite for me. The extra work and the extra time I spend in goal has helped my game more than just hitting the balls’.

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Portuguese Ricardo Govia and Frenchman Ruben Roussel each scored 64 goals.

The Barbasol tournament is the first joint European Tour event in the United States and features 50 players from the European Tour among 156 competitors. The winner will take last place next week at the British Open at St. Andrews.

Gouveia is making his second PGA TOUR start.

‘It was a great round, really solid from the tee, hit a lot of fairways, a lot of greens, drilled some good birdies,’ said Govia, who overcame a back problem that forced him to withdraw from the pro-day Wednesday. ‘Just a very strong round.

Russell finished 11th in the bogey-free round with six birdies.

Trey Molyneux was 65 years old with Matty Schmid, Camilo Villegas, Max McGreevey, Michael Kim, David skins, Mark Hubbard and Bo Van Pelt.

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