Chris Riley takes early lead at Memorial

June 2, 2011 - 3:29 PM
Memorial Golf

Chris Riley watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, Thursday, June 2, 2011. Riley finished the round at 6-under par. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — On the day Luke Donald debuted as the new world No. 1, players much farther down the rankings wound up atop the leaderboard in the Memorial.

Chris Riley, who has fallen to No. 280 as he tries to restore his game, relied on his old putter for a 6-under 66 at Muirfield Village on Thursday and had a one-shot lead over Josh Teater (No. 264) and Chris DiMarco, a three-time tour winner who is at No. 375.

Donald acquitted himself just fine. Despite a scratchy start, including a flubbed chip that led to double bogey on No. 18 as he made the turn, the Englishman ran off four straight birdies late in his round for a 70.

Steve Stricker and Rickie Fowler were among those at 68. Phil Mickelson failed to birdie any of the par 5s and shot 72.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — On the day Luke Donald debuted as the new world No. 1, players much farther down the rankings wound up atop the leaderboard in the Memorial.

Chris Riley, who has fallen to No. 280 as he tries to restore his game, relied on his old putter for a 7-under 65 at Muirfield Village on Thursday and had a one-shot lead over Josh Teater (No. 264) and Chris DiMarco, a three-time tour winner who is at No. 375.

Donald acquitted himself just fine. Despite a scratchy start, including a flubbed chip that led to double bogey on No. 18 as he made the turn, the Englishman ran off four straight birdies late in his round for a 70.

Steve Stricker and Rickie Fowler were among those at 68. Phil Mickelson failed to birdie any of the par 5s and shot 72.

(This version CORRECTS APNewsNow. Corrects Riley's score to 66. Will be updated. .)