GOLFPiercy leads in Malaysia with 62

Scott Piercy allied some crisp putting to solid tee-to-green play and shot a flawless 10-under 62 yesterday to take a three-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour's CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The American made 10 birdies at the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club to pull away from Japan's Hideki Matsuyama, who had eight birdies and a bogey in his 65 . . . Jaco van Zyl made nine birdies and an eagle for an 11-under 61 to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, Turkey. Lee Westwood was second after a bogey-free 64, his lowest score in more than a year. Rory McIlroy made four birdies on his back nine and was in a group tied for fourth after a 67 . . . Lin Xi-yu took the lead with 67 in the Blue Bay LPGA in Hainan Island, China, while Lydia Ko struggled with a 77 in her first round since regaining the No. 1 spot in the world.

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Pennetta loses her final match

Maria Sharapova reached the semifinals of the WTA Finals in Singapore and sent U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta into retirement by beating the Italian, 7-5, 6-1. The 33-year-old Pennetta, who was eliminated with the loss, was playing in her last career tournament after announcing at the U.S. Open she would retire at the end of the season. -- AP