DUKE, TRINGALE SHARE ZURICH CLASSIC LEAD: AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Cameron Tringale and Ken Duke topped the Zurich Classic leaderboard at 7-under 65 on Thursday, leaving defending champion Bubba Watson six strokes back at TPC Louisiana in his first tournament since winning the Masters.
Tringale birdied the final four holes and finished the round with eight birdies and a bogey. Duke had seven birdies in a bogey-free round. Both players are winless on the PGA Tour.
Steve Stricker, Ernie Els, Daniel Chopra and Chris Stroud were a stroke back at 66. Ben Curtis, coming off a victory Sunday in the Texas Open, was another shot behind along with John Rollins and Jason Dufner.
Watson had four birdies and three bogeys in his 71.
Second-ranked Luke Donald opened with a 73.
4 TIED FOR MOBILE BAY LPGA CLASSIC LEAD: MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jennifer Rosales birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine and finished with a 5-under 67 on Thursday in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for a share of the first-round lead with Katie Futcher, Lindsay Wright and Caroline Hedwall.
Rosales, the Filipino player who won the last of her two LPGA Tour titles in 2005, had a birdie and a bogey on the front nine before making her back-nine move on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex. Futcher had the lead at 6 under after 17 holes, but dropped into a tie with a bogey on the par-4 ninth. Wright and Hedwall had bogey-free rounds.
Kraft Nabisco winner Sun Young Yoo was a stroke back along with Stacy Lewis, Morgan Pressel, Mariajo Uribe, Sydnee Michaels, Cindy LaCrosse, Haeji Kang and Mi Jung Hur.
NADAL, MURRAY REACH BARCELONA QUARTERFINALS: BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray cruised into the Barcelona Open quarterfinals with straight-set victories on Thursday.
Nadal broke Robert Farah of Colombia in the first game on his way to a 6-2, 6-3 victory for his 31st straight win at the tournament. Nadal set up a quarterfinal match with fifth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic after the Serbian beat Frederico Gil 6-2, 6-2.
Nadal beat Tipsarevic 6-1, 6-0, 6-2 in their previous meeting, which came in the Davis Cup three years ago.
Murray made quick work of another Colombian in a 6-1, 6-2 win over Santiago Giraldo, the fourth-ranked Briton serving up nine aces in a quick victory.
Murray will play Milos Raonic next after the 11th-seeded Canadian got past Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-3.
Also, Japan's Kei Nishikori beat Spain's Albert Ramos 7-6 (2), 6-3 and Feliciano Lopez also reached the last eight with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jarkko Nieminen.
X GAMES STAR READY FOR NATIONWIDE SERIES DEBUT: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Travis Pastrana says he's not in this on a lark.
The X Games and motocross star is set to make his Nationwide Seriees debut Friday night at Richmond International raceway. His arrival comes almost nine months after it was supposed to, courtesy of a shattered right ankle, and he's "really pumped."
The winner of 11 gold medals in the X Games is expected to bring a younger fan base with him.
He says many people don't seem to understand why he's trying to cross over to NASCAR, and that he understands that he's got a lot of work to do. But he says he's willing to put in the time to show that's he's racing, eventually, to win.
Fellow racers say he's a welcome addition to the sport.