Wheatcroft two strokes off lead

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Washington native Steve Wheatcroft shot a first-round 66 and is two strokes off the lead at the Web.com Tour’s Rex Hospital Open at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh, N.C.


Wheatcroft, a Trinity High School graduate, is two strokes behind co-leaders Carlos Ortiz and Colt Knost.


• Dustin Johnson had played Colonial only once before, six years ago when he didn’t even make it to the final round.


In his return to Hogan’s Alley, Johnson took a one-stroke lead after the first round.


Johnson shot a bogey-free 5-under 65 on Thursday, driving a lot of 3-irons off the tees into the fairways and hitting 16 of 18 greens in regulation.


• Joe Durant birdied his final hole for a 6-under 65 and a one-stroke lead at the Senior PGA Championship.


Making his third Champions Tour start after turning 50 in April 7, the four-time PGA Tour winner had seven birdies and a bogey at Harbor Shores.


• Catriona Matthew took the first-round lead in the Airbus LPGA Classic, holing a bunker shot for an eagle and finishing with an 8-under 64.


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