Steele takes 1-shot lead at PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship

Oct 12, 2022, 12:43 PM | Updated: Oct 13, 2022, 4:38 am
Brendan Steele plays a shot at the Zozo Championship in Inzai, Chiba prefecture, Japan Thursday, Oc...

Brendan Steele plays a shot at the Zozo Championship in Inzai, Chiba prefecture, Japan Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. (Kyodo News via AP)

(Kyodo News via AP)

INZAI CITY, Japan (AP) — Brendan Steele finished with four consecutive birdies and shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday to take the first-round lead at the PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship.

“Everybody says if you birdie 18, dinner tastes better,” Steele said. “But four in a row is definitely, really nice and feels good.”

It was a happy return to the Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club, where Steele was the runner-up a year ago in the same tournament behind winner Hideki Matsuyama.

“I love it here,” Steele said. “Loved the course last year — really happy be back.”

The Zozo Championship is the only PGA Tour event in Japan and has a purse of $11 million. There are no COVID-19 crowd-limit restrictions in place this year.

“Nice for us to be able to get out the hotel a little bit this year and enjoy the culture a little bit,” Steele said. “So I’ve enjoyed it a ton.”

It was a big day for other Americans as well.

Adam Schenk was a shot back after a 65 on a rainy day on the course on the outskirts of Tokyo. Sam Ryder, Matthew NeSmith, and Keegan Bradley were two back.

Three more Americans were three behind: Rickie Fowler, Xander Schauffele, and Maverick McNealy.

Defending champion Matsuyama, who won by five strokes a year ago, got off to a slow start before a home crowd with a 71.

___

More AP golf: https://apnews.com/hub/golf and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

AP

South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) shoots against Hampton during the second quarter of an NCA...
Associated Press

South Carolina’s Aliyah Boston leaves game after hard fall

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston did not return to the court for the second half after taking a hard fall and heading to the locker room against Hampton on Sunday. The Most Outstanding Player of last spring’s NCAA Tournament was driving for the basket when she fell and took several moments […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Brussels sees riots after Morocco beats Belgium at World Cup

BRUSSELS (AP) — Police had to seal off parts of the center of Brussels, deploy water cannons and fire tear gas to disperse crowds following violence during and after Morocco’s 2-0 upset win over Belgium at the World Cup. Dozens of rioters overturned and torched a car, set electric scooters on fire and pelted cars […]
1 day ago
Croatia's Andrej Kramaric celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the World Cup gro...
Associated Press

Croatia downs Canada 4-1 at World Cup on Kramaric’s 2 goals

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Andrej Kramaric scored a pair of goals and Croatia crushed Canada’s hopes of advancing at its first World Cup in 36 years with a 4-1 victory on Sunday. Alphonso Davies scored Canada’s first-ever World Cup goal seconds into the match but the team’s trip to soccer’s biggest tournament will end […]
1 day ago
Fans from the United States cheer for their team during the World Cup group B soccer match between ...
Associated Press

US-England World Cup game seen by 19.98M on US television

NEW YORK (AP) — The United States’ 0-0 draw against England in the World Cup drew 19.98 million viewers for English- and Spanish-language broadcasts, the third-most watched men’s soccer game on U.S. television. The match, which kicked off at 2 p.m. EST on Friday, was seen by 15,377,000 viewers on Fox, the most for a […]
1 day ago
Associated Press

Bradbury wins Joburg Open for 1st European tour title

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Dan Bradbury completed a wire-to-wire victory at the Joburg Open on Sunday to win his first European tour title at Houghton Golf Club. The Englishman’s 4-under 67 final round proved to be more than enough as his closest challenger, Sami Valimaki (69) of Finland, dropped a further two shots back to finish […]
1 day ago
Canada's Felix Auger Aliassime, right, celebrates with teammate after defeating Australia's Alex de...
Associated Press

Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov give Canada 1st Davis Cup title

MALAGA, Spain (AP) — Felix Auger-Aliassime fell to his back behind the baseline, then waited for teammates to race off Canada’s bench and pile on top of him. A few minutes later, the Canadians finally could lift the Davis Cup. “I think of us all here, we’ve dreamt of this moment,” Auger-Aliassime said. Canada won […]
1 day ago
Steele takes 1-shot lead at PGA Tour’s Zozo Championship