October 16, 2014
Martin Laird hits off the 10th tee during the first round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open golf tournament Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
John Locher

LAS VEGAS (AP) Stewart Cink birdied seven of the final 11 holes Thursday for a 7-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead with Martin Laird in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Cink had a bogey-free round at TPC Summerlin in his first start since dropping out of the FedEx Cup playoffs after the second event. He won the last of his six PGA Tour titles in the 2009 British Open.

Laird also had a bogey-free round. He played the front nine in 5-under 30 and added birdies on Nos. 15 and 18, holing a 50-foot putt on the last. The Scot won the 2019 event and lost in a playoff in 2010 when Jonathan Byrd made a hole-in-one on the fourth extra hole.

Scotland's Russell Knox was third at 66.

Jarrod Lyle, Bo Van Pelt, Hideki Matsuyama, Sam Saunders, Brian Stuard and Andrew Svoboda shot 66.

Lyle is making his second PGA Tour start since a recurrence of leukemia some 18 months ago. The Australian tied for 31st last week in the season-opening Frys.com Open in Napa, California.

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