DETROIT — Nate Lashley birdied the final three holes and five of the last six for a 9-under 63 and the first-round lead Thursday in the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the PGA Tour’s first event in Detroit.

The 36-year-old Lashley, a Scottsbluff native, had the lowest score in his PGA Tour career, a day after getting a spot at Detroit Golf Club as an alternate. Ranked 353rd in the world and No. 132 in the FedEx Cup standings, Lashley has only one top-10 finish in his two-year PGA Tour career, a tie for eighth in the Puerto Rico Open in February.

Ryan Armour and Nick Watney were at stroke back at 64.

Thiele extends lead at Amateur

YORK, Neb. — Wahoo’s Haley Thiele extended her lead to eight strokes after the second round of the 45th Nebraska Women’s Amateur at York Country Club.

After shooting 2-over 72 for the second day in a row, the Nebraska golfer and 2017 champion is at 4-over 144. Husker teammate Kirsten Baete of Beatrice is at 152 after shooting the second-best round of the day with a 73.

Thiele was 3-over for the round through 11 holes before closing with six straight pars and a final-hole birdie for the second straight day.

The only others within 10 strokes of the lead entering Friday’s final round are NU’s Megan Whittaker of Omaha and South Dakota recruit Danica Badura of Aurora at 154.

Haley Thiele, Wahoo, 72-72--144; Kirsten Baete, Beatrice, 79-73--152; Megan Whittaker, Omaha, 75-79--154; Danica Badura, Aurora, 78-76--154; Hannah Thiele, Wahoo, 82-75--157; Baylee Steele, North Platte, 82-78--160; Ricki Hickstein, Chadron, 81-82--163; Lauren Thiele, Wahoo, 86-78--164; Nicole Kolbas, Lincoln, 81-83--164; Hannah Hunke, Snyder, 79-86--165; Aspen Luebbe, Columbus, 83-84--167; Karsen Morrison, North Platte, 87-80--167; Brandi Lemek, Doniphan, 86-84--170; Kristin Goertz, Omaha, 83-88--171; Allison Temple, Norfolk, 85-87--172; Emily Krzyzanowski, Scottsbluff, 87-87--174; Neely Adler, Lincoln, 90-84--174; Cassidy Ulrich, Hartington, 96-86--182; Adalia Maiyo, Lincoln, 94-92-186.