The Associated Press

HUMBLE, Texas — Austin Cook and Talor Gooch shot 8-under-par 64s Thursday to take the lead after the first round of the Houston Open.

Cook, who tied for 11th as a Monday qualifier in 2015 when the tournament was played the week before the Masters, shot a career-best 29 on the front side. He returned to the clubhouse having hit every one of the 18 greens in regulation, another career first.

Gooch tied the low round of his career with a career-best 10 birdies, and he also saved one of his pars with a career-long putt of more than 63 feet.

Also Thursday:

Finnish player on top at Italian Open: ROME — Tapio Pulkkanen of Finland matched his career-best score on the European Tour with a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Italian Open.

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