Frost Leads British Open Qualifier
Frost took advantage of unexpectedly benign seaside conditions for seven birdies without a dropped shot to finish one shot ahead of Louis Oosthuizen and Switzerland's Andre Bossert.
The top three players at the end of Friday's second round will gain automatic entry into the 134th Open Championship at St. Andrews.
Titch Moore and Omar Sandys shared fourth place at 4 under, with Scotland's Doug McGuigan. Zimbabwean Mike Lamb, Fulton Allem and Tjaart van der Walt tied for sixth one shot further back.
Last year's winner James Kingston and Grant Muller, who beat Bruce Vaughan in a playoff for the fourth and last spot a year ago, were both 1 under par with Tim Clark.
The 45-year-old Frost picked up where he left off at Leopard Creek in December last year, where he finished tied for sixth at the dunhill championship, though he had little reason to believe his form had stayed with him during a relaxing festive season.
'I played some social rounds and at the beginning of this week, I started hitting a few balls,' said the 1999 South African Open winner. 'I played a couple practice rounds here this week and that was my first look at the course.'
Oosthuizen, 24 years Frost's junior, knows the course only slightly better, having qualified successfully for the 2004 Open at Troon almost exactly 12 months ago.
'It was a little bit easier this time,' said Oosthuizen, who had nine birdies in his round. 'I had a little more confidence today than I did last year, it wasn't as nerve-wracking. It was a day to make low scores, but tomorrow it will probably be tough out there. I'll probably have to change my game plan.'
Frost, who finished tied for seventh place at the 1999 Open at Carnoustie, last played in The Open Championship at St. Andrews in 2000, but while in prime position to book a return to the home of golf tomorrow afternoon, he's taking nothing for granted.
'The course gave us a little bit today and the wind didn't blow as hard as it did in the practice rounds,' Frost said. 'If it works out that way, I'll be very pleased. I'm just going to try my hardest and take it one shot at a time and see what happens. I'd love to get in though, sure.'
Rd. 1 Scores
David Frost, Stellenbosch 65
Andre Bossert, Switzerland 66
Louis Oosthuizen, Pinnacle Point 66
Titch Moore, Walmer 68
Omar Sandys, Oppenheimer Park 68
Douglas McGuigan, Scotland 69
Michael Lamb, Zimbabwe 69
Fulton Allem, Orkney 69
Tjaart Van Der Walt, Durban 69
Mark Mouland, Wales 70
Grant Muller, Glenvista 71
Timothy Clark, Umkomaas 71
James Kingston, Rustenburg 71
Warrick Druian, Houghton 72
Jean Hugo, Unattached 72
Alan Michell, Clovelly 72
Andre Cruse, Johannesburg CC 72
Mark Murless, Blue Valley 73
David Ryan, Greytown 73
Tyrol Auret, Pollak Park 73
Andrew McLardy, Randpark 74
Michael Kirk, Royal Johannesburg 74
Henk Alberts, Pretoria 74
Barry Painting, Zimbabwe 74
Shaun Norris, Silver Lakes 75
Wayne Bradley, Modderfontein 76
Alan McLean, Atlantic Beach 76
David Faught, Zwartkop 76
Ian Hutchings, Glendower 78
Ryan Reid, Port Elizabeth 78
Bradford Vaughan, Macauvlei 79
Joakim Backstrom, Sweden 81
Thomas Aiken, Wanderers 82
Salas (62) leads LPGA's Indy Women in Tech
INDIANAPOLIS - Lizette Salas matched the Brickyard Crossing record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the Indy Women in Tech Championship, making birdie on the final three holes for a two-stroke lead over fast-starting Angel Yin and Japan's Nasa Hataoka.
Yin birdied eight of the first nine holes in her morning round for a front-nine 8-under 28 - one short of the LPGA Tour's nine-hole record. It matched the third-lowest nine-hole score in relation to par in tour history.
Salas eagled the par-5 second in the afternoon and added three straight birdies on Nos. 4-6. She birdied Nos. 12 and 14 before reeling off three more in a row to close, waiting out a late 77-minute suspension for an approaching storm.
Salas matched the course record set by Mike McCullough in the PGA Tour Champions' 1999 Comfort Classic.
Sordet opens with 62 to grab lead at Nordea Masters
GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Clement Sordet opened with four straight birdies to shoot 8-under 62 and take the first-round lead of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.
Sordet says ''I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it.''
The Frenchman, who shot his lowest European Tour round, has a two-stroke lead over Scott Jamieson of Scotland and Lee Slattery of England.
Hunter Stewart is the highest-placed American after a 5-under 65 left him on a four-way tie for fourth with Christofer Blomstrand, Tapio Pulkkanen and Richard Green.
Defending champion Renato Paratore's hopes of becoming the first player to successfully retain the title look in doubt after the Italian shot 9-over 79 at Hills Golf Club.
Peterson confirms plans to play Web.com Finals
After flirting with retirement for much of the summer, John Peterson confirmed that he will give it one more shot in the upcoming Web.com Tour Finals.
Peterson, 29, had planned to walk away from the game and begin a career in real estate in his native Texas if he failed to secure PGA Tour status before his medical extension expired. His T-13 finish last month at The Greenbrier appeared to be enough to net the former NCAA champ at least conditional status, but a closer look at the numbers revealed he missed out by 0.58 points in his last available start.
But Peterson was buoyed by the support he received from his peers at The Greenbrier, and when he got into the Barbasol Championship as a late alternate he decided to make the trip to the tournament. He tied for 21st that week in Kentucky, clinching enough non-member FedExCup points to grant him a spot in the four-event Finals.
Last month Peterson hinted that he would consider playing in the Finals, where 25 PGA Tour cards for the 2018-19 season will be up for grabs, and Thursday he confirmed in an Instagram post that he will give his pro career "one last push."
The Finals kick off next week in Ohio with the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship and will conclude Sept. 20-23 with the Web.com Tour Championship. Peterson will be looking to rekindle his results from 2013, when he finished T-5 or better at each of the four Finals events while earning fully-exempt status as the top money earner.
Lyle honored with sand sculpture at Wyndham
Jarrod Lyle passed away last week at the age of 36 after losing his third battle with cancer.
And after a PGA Championship filled with tributes to the Australian, the Wyndham Championship found its own way to keep his legacy alive at the North Carolina Tour stop.
Next to the Wyndham Championship and PGA Tour logos carved into the sand on site at Sedgefield Country Club is Lyle's name and the "Leuk the Duck" mascot. The duck has become synonymous with Challenge, an organization that supports kids with cancer.
Fellow Aussie Stuart Appleby posted the display on social media:
Lyle was also remembered in a more traditional manner on the first tee, where his bag and trademark yellow bucket hat were prominently displayed.