FedEx St. Jude Classic: Daniel Berger repeats as champion in Memphis

Doug Mendoza
June 19, 2017

Former British Open champion Stewart Cink, Matt Every, Scott Brown and Sebastian Munoz carded six-under 64s on Thursday to lead a low-scoring first round at the US PGA Tour St. Jude Classic.

The 44-year-old Cink said he was "a little tired" after coming through a sectional qualifier for the second major of the year. "I'm one for one defending titles, so that's a pretty good stat".

The 24-year-old former Florida State standout is the fourth back-to-back victor at St. Jude and the first since David Toms in 2003-04.

A birdie on the 15th saw Berger move clear of the pack, which at one point included nine players tied for the lead. "Then the last couple days they just started to fall and that was the big difference".

Money leader Bernhard Langer finished at 12 under, while Scott Verplank, Tom Lehman and Steve Flesch were another shot back.

Cabrera Bello was one of five players to finish two shots behind Berger, along with Americans Billy Horschel, Braden Thornberry, Chez Reavie and Kevin Chappell.

The leaderboard was a jumbled mess through much of the final round.

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Schwartzel, who finished a quiet third at the Masters in April at Augusta National, continued a run of good form which he credited to improvements on the greens.

"Middle of the round got a little away from me, but I saved some shots and I haven't been doing that lately", Every said. "It just kind of happened".

European - Felipe Aguilar of Chile shot a 7-under 65 to build a two-stroke lead over a group of three in the opening round of the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, Austria.

"It's a disappointing way to finish the round", Mickelson said.

Ariya Jutanugarn of Thailand won the Manulife LPGA Classic in Cambridge, Canada, with a birdie on the first playoff hole to beat American Lexi Thompson and South Korea's In Gee Chun. Berger's chip shot from the right side of the green never made it to the putting surface, but he responded with the "best chip of my life", deftly rolling in the par-saving shot.

Kiwis Steve Alker and Danny Lee made the cut, though it was by the barest margin for Lee, who had to make a five-foot putt on his last hole to squeak in on the number.

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