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Snedeker jumps to top of BMW leaderboard

When Brandt Snedeker finished his amazing run Thursday in the BMW Championship, he had seven straight birdies on his card and an 8-under 63 at Conway Farms in Lake Forest, Ill.

For Snedeker, everything was going in – a 15-foot putt from the fringe on the 13th, another 15-footer on the next hole out of the short rough, and a 40-footer from the fringe on the 17th stood out.

That gave him a one-shot lead over Zach Johnson in the third FedEx Cup playoff event.

Tiger Woods was disgusted with his round of 66, mainly because he had a pair of three-putt bogeys and missed a 4-foot birdie putt over his last five holes.

Steve Stricker, Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Streelman also were at 66.

The top 30 players in the FedEx Cup after the BMW Championship advance to the Tour Championship next week and a shot at the $10 million prize.

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Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain shot a 6-under 64 for the first-round lead at the KLM Open in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

Robert Allenby of Australia and Gary Orr of Scotland are among six players at 65.


The first day of play at the Evian Championship in Evian-Les-Bains, France, has been washed out after heavy morning rain soaked the newly-designed course.


Jim Herman shot a 7-under 64 and built a two-shot lead over Sean O’Hair and Danny Lee among those who finished the rain-delayed opening round of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Championship in Columbus, Ohio.

Rain caused a three-hour delay in the morning, and the first round was scheduled to be completed today.

Spokane native Alex Prugh opened the tournament with a 2-over 73.

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