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John Daly shoots 64 in Czech Republic

Published: Thursday, August 23, 2018
John Daly walks off a green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
John Daly walks off a green during the first round of the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic (AP) — John Daly matched the course record with an 8-under 64 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead in the Czech Masters.

The 52-year-old Daly was tied with European Ryder Cup hopeful Thomas Pieter of Belgium, Callum Tarren of England and Gavin Green of Malaysia.

Fighting a knee injury that forced him to withdraw after two rounds last week in the PGA Tour Champions' event in New York, Daly had eight birdies in the bogey-free round at Albatross Golf Resort.

"It was fun," Daly said. "I hit a lot of good shots and make a few putts. ... I drove the ball really well. There were so many pins that were perfect yardages for me — comfortable shots all day long."

The two-time major champion won the last of his five PGA Tour titles in 2004. He won a Champions event last year in Houston.

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