The Associated Press

SILVIS, Ill. — Roberto Diaz shot a 9-under 62 on Thursday to take the first-round lead in the John Deere Classic.

Playing in the final group of the day off the first tee, the 32-year-old Mexican player who is winless on the PGA Tour birdied four of the first five holes, eagled the par-5 10th and birdied three of the last five in a bogey-free round at TPC Deere Run.

“I just feel that everything clicked,” Diaz said. “I’ve been playing pretty solid throughout the year. The driver has been awesome. I’ve been hitting a lot of fairways, and today I hit good numbers all day, and that helps.”

Adam Long and Russell Henley were two strokes back. Martin Laird was another stroke back at 65 with five other players.

Also Thursday:

Sharp, Chun ahead at Marathon Classic: SYLVANIA, Ohio — Alena Sharp of Canada and Youngin Chun of South Korea shared the Marathon Classic lead at 7-under 64, a stroke ahead of Stacy Lewis and three others at Highland Meadows Golf Club. Sharp, winless on the LPGA Tour, had eight birdies and a bogey.

Kuchar among 4 tied for lead at Scottish Open: NORTH BERWICK, Scotland — Matt Kuchar shot an 8-under 63 to share the lead with three players in a low-scoring opening round at the Scottish Open. Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, the highest-ranked players in the field, opened with 67s — a score only slightly better than the field average.

1st round of Senior Players unfinished due to weather: AKRON, Ohio — Steve Stricker topped the Bridgestone Senior Players Championship leaderboard at 5 under with a hole to play when the first round was suspended for the day because of lightning.

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