Ben Silverman of Thornhill, Ont., is in a five-way tie for the lead at the Lincoln Land Charity Championship on the Web .com Tour.
Silverman shot a bogey-free, seven-under 64 for his share of top spot in Springfield, Ill.
Roger Sloan of Merrit, B.C., is tied for 26th after he opened with a four-under 67.
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David Hearn is three shots off the lead at the Barbasol Championship in Alabama.
Hearn shot a three-under 68 and is tied for 20th.
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Phil Mickelson joined 27 others who have scored a 63 in a major championship as he opened a three-shot lead at Royal Troon.
Mickelson might have set a record had his 16-foot putt on 18 not lipped out.
“That putt on 18 was an opportunity to do something historical. I knew it and with a foot to go, I thought I had done it,” said Mickelson.
“I saw that ball rolling right in the centre. I went to go get it, I had that surge of adrenaline that I had just shot 62, and then, I had the heartbreak that I didn’t and watched that ball lip out. It was, wow, that stings,” he added.
“It really stings to have a chance. It’s such a rare opportunity to do something historic like that and to — I mean, if I had just hit a weak flail-off and never had a chance and left it short, so be it, gut this ball was hunting right in the centre and didn’t go. It was just heartbreaking,” he said.
Mickelson does have the consolation of knowing that three-shot lead is a good one to have with wet, windy conditions expected on Friday, with a high of 19 C.
“One of the biggest challenges is, when you shoot a round like this, you start expectations running through your head and so forth and that’s the one thing that I’ll have to try to suppress and hold off,” he said.
“We’ll have three more rounds. We’ll have varying conditions (Friday). It’s going to be very difficult – changing conditions, we’ll have different winds. Hopefully, I’ve prepared myself well enough to tackle this golf course under those conditions and shoot a good number. A good number might be over par,” he said.
There are no Canadians in the field.
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