CROMWELL, Conn. — David Mathis hoped to start strong at the Travelers Championship after missing the cut last week in the U.S. Open.
The 38-year-old Mathis birdied his first hole, then holed out from 158 yards on the par-3 11th hole. He knocked in a 49-foot birdie putt on his third, was at 6-under par after six holes, and fished with a 6-under 64 for a one-shot lead.
"It was an awesome start," said Mathis, who has never finished better than eighth in a PGA Tour event. "I was hitting a lot of great shots (later), and I guess it felt like a lull compared to how I started."
Nathan Green, Will Claxton and defending champion Fredrik Jacobson shot 65 on a day that saw temperatures soar into the upper 90s.
U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson and Masters winner Bubba Watson played together and finished in a group of 10 at 66. The third member of the threesome, PGA champion Keegan Bradley, shot a 68.
"We were relaxed all day," Simpson said. "Bubba is my Presidents Cup partner. We always laugh together. And I've played a lot of golf with Keegan this year. He's a good friend. We had a lot of fun feeding off each other, and luckily, we all played well."
Mathis' ace was the shot of the day. He said he was just trying to cut a 9-iron close to the pin and hit it exactly where he aimed.
"It kind of bounced and stumbled right and went right in the hole," he said.
Changkija shoots 63
WATERLOO, Ontario — Sandra Changkija birdied six of her final eight holes for a career-best 8-under 63 and a three-stroke lead Thursday during the suspended first round of the inaugural Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Play was suspended at 4:20 p.m. because of the threat of lightning in the area, and called off for the rest of the day at 6:30 p.m. Seventy-two players were unable to finish the round.
Changkija, making her eighth start in her rookie season, parred her first six holes after beginning play on No. 10, then birdied Nos. 16 and 18. With the wind picking up on the Grey Silo course, she birdied No. 2 and Nos. 4-8 for a front-nine 30.
China's Shanshan Feng, coming off a major victory two weeks ago in the LPGA Championship, shot a 66.
Fraser, Zanotti shoot 64s
PULHEIM, Germany — No Australians have won on the European or PGA Tours this season, and Marcus Fraser thinks that will change soon. He could end the drought this weekend.
Fraser shot an 8-under 64 on Thursday and is tied for the lead after the opening round of the BMW International Open.
Fabrizio Zanotti of Paraguay, who is without a win on the European Tour, had two eagles while also posting a 64. Chris Wood, Danny Willett and Paul McGinley were next at 65.
No Australian has won in Europe or the U.S. since August, when Adam Scott captured the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio.
"I am sure that will change shortly, as there's a lot of great Australians playing over in the States and a good few playing here in Europe," Fraser said.
John Daly rewarded one of the biggest galleries on the course with a 4-under 68, outplaying partners and potential European Ryder Cup qualifiers Paul Lawrie of Scotland (72) and Alvaro Quiros of Spain (73).
O'Meara out with rib injury
SAINTE-JULIE, Quebec — Mark O'Meara withdrew from the Champions Tour's Montreal Championship on Thursday because of a lingering cartilage injury to his lower right ribs.
The 1998 Masters and British Open champion hoped to return to action Friday at Richelieu Valley after being sidelined for three months, but pulled out after the pro-am event.