Streelman leads Sanderson Farms Championship


Kevin Streelman carded a sizzling opening-round 63 to climb atop the leaderboard at the Sanderson Farms Championship.

Streelman's short game was near-flawless in Jackson, Mississippi on Thursday, the American golfer holing 10 birdies in a putting masterclass.

The two-time PGA Tour champion, who missed the Safeway Open cut a fortnight ago, only dropped one shot - a bogey at the par-three fourth hole to end the day two shots clear at nine under.

Streelman's nearest-rivals are Trey Mullinax, Seamus Power and Carl Pettersson at the Country Club of Jackson.

Pettersson holed out his 162-yard approach shot for eagle at the par-two 16th to earn a share of second alongside Mullinax and Power at seven under.

A shot further back is Lucas Glover, who headlines a seven-way tie with Camilo Villegas, Hiroshi Iwata, Dicky Pride, Graham DeLaet, Jonathan Byrd and Rob Oppenheim.

Defending champion Peter Malnati, meanwhile, opened with a one-under 71.

Winner by a stroke last year, Malnati returned to the scene of his greatest triumph, posting three birdies and a double-bogey.