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Saturday 27 May 2017

Johnson's power play

Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey bounced back after three missed cuts so far this year to post an eight-under par 63 and claim the first round lead at the frost-bitten Waste Management Open at TPC Scottsdale in Phoenix yesterday.

Gainey, who wears two gloves because of his baseball background in South Carolina, enjoyed a one stroke lead over big-hitting Dustin Johnson (64) as the frost-delayed first round finally concluded.

Seven and a half hours of play were lost on Thursday and yesterday because of the weather leading tournament organisers to announce that this year's event will extend into Monday. Tom Lehman, 51, held a shared of third place on six-under while Phil Mickelson posted a four-under-par 67.

Elsewhere, Ireland's Rebecca Coakley had chalked up five bogeys in six holes when thunder and lightning forced play to a premature close on the second day of the ISPS Handa Australian Women's Open. Defending champion Yani Tseng of Taiwan led by two strokes on nine-under.

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