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Marc Leishman putts on the 18th hole during the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament on Thursday in Dallas.Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP

Thanks to the best round of his PGA Tour career, a 10-under-par 61, Australia’s Marc Leishman holds a three-shot lead after the first round of the AT&T Byron Nelson on Thursday in Dallas.

Leishman’s bogey-free round at Trinity Forest Golf Club featured two eagles and six birdies.

He made a par on the 18th hole without pondering a 59 finish.

“I didn’t ever think about 59,” he said on the Golf Channel. “Every other time I’ve been close to it, I have thought about it. But today, with the greens as penalizing as they are, if you hit a bad shot, you’ve got to be so on. I didn’t get ahead of myself, which was good.

“Sixty-one. I’ll take that.”

Leishman hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation and didn’t miss a fairway.

“That’s the key around here,” he said. “The fairways are generous, but if you are off them, you are in trouble.”

J.J. Spaun and Jimmy Walker share second place at seven under. Sam Saunders, Aaron Wise, Keith Mitchell, Jonathan Byrd, Ethan Tracy, Peter Uihlein, Tyler Duncan and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer are tied for fourth at 6 under.

Billy Horschel, who won the event last year, shares 44th place at three under. Hometown favorite Jordan Spieth sits tied for 57th after a two-under round.

Leishman’s round started perfectly, as he eagled the opening hole. He ran his approach shot on the 536-yard par five within to three feet of the hole, then tapped in the putt.

He sank a 13-foot putt on the 571-yard 14th hole for his second eagle of the round.

For the 50th anniversary of the AT&T Byron Nelson this week, the event moved from the TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, to the links-style Trinity Forest course. The tournament had been held at Las Colinas annually since 1983. The treeless Trinity Forest, built above a landfill, opened in October 2016.

“I’m glad we went off this morning,” Leishman said on the Golf Channel. “On a new course, you want to be two or three under after nine (holes). You don’t know if that’s good or what you’re doing. ...

“To play like I did, I didn’t hit it into too many bad spots. I think that makes it a lot easier.”

The top Canadians were Corey Connors and Nick Taylor, who each shot a two-under 69.

Five share LPGA lead after opening 65s at Kingsmill

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Jaye Marie Green reacts after missing a putt on the ninth hole during the first round of the LPGA Tour's Kingsmill Championship on Thursday.Jonathon Gruenke/The Associated Press

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — Annie Park turned a blistering stretch on the back nine into a mistake-free six-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead on a crowded leaderboard Thursday at the Kingsmill Championship.

Jessica Korda, Azahara Munoz, In Gee Chun and Jaye Marie Green also shot 65. Park, Korda and Munoz played morning rounds in mild conditions, while Chun and Green played in rain that is expected to also be a factor Friday and Saturday on the resort’s already-soggy River Course.

Park, playing in just her third tour event of the season and seeking her first career victory, was two under when she hit the flag and birdied the par-four 14th hole. She then nearly holed her second shot on the par-five 15th after hitting “an OK 3-wood” that left her with a short eagle putt, and also birdied the par-four 16th.

“Overall, I had a great day,” she said. “I hit some good shots. Lucky enough, I had some short birdie putts, short eagle putt, and that helps.”

Munoz had seven birdies and one bogey and Korda and Chun were bogey-free. Green had seven birdies and bogeyed No. 18.

Munoz earned her only tour win in 2012 and settled in after starting with a bogey.

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