Scotland's Carly Booth had three birdies in a fine level par 72 on her Evian Masters debut, but found herself nine shots behind the blistering course record of 63 shot by American Stacy Lewis, writes Elspeth Burnside.
Booth was tied for 39th place, while Catriona Matthew, the only other Scot in the elite field, was another couple of shots back on 74.
The best of the British players were Wales' Becky Morgan and England's Jodi Ewart. They were in the share of 17th place on two-under-par 70.
Runner-up behind Japan's Ai Miyazato last year, Lewis had a flawless nine-birdie round to lead by two shots from South Korea's Park Hee Young. Another South Korean, Lee Ilhee, was in third place on 66.
Swede Helen Alfredsson, the only three-time winner, shot 63 on her way to victory in 2008, but Lewis' score counts as a new record as the course has been lengthened in readiness for the tournament becoming the fifth women's major next year.
"Today, I started pretty slowly and then it just clicked and I started making birdie after birdie," said the winner of a major last year, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. "The seventh in a row at the 11th was from about 20 feet. I also just missed at 12."
n Heavy rain and the threat of lightning caused play to be abandoned midway through the second round of the Lyoness Open in Austria with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen sitting on a three-shot clubhouse lead.
n Greig Marchbank (Dumfries and County) swept past the third-round leader Anthony Blaney (Liberton) to win the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Scottish Under-18 open amateur stroke-play championship at Cardross Golf Club, writes Colin Farquharson.
Marchbank's morning third-round 73 meant he had it all to do over the final round – and he did it in style with a four-under-par 67 for a seven-under total of 277.
n Eastwood pro Stuart Wilson and amateur member David Dickson won a trip to Mexico yesterday and the Virgin Atlantic PGA National pro-am final in December, writes Colin Farquharson.
Wilson and Dickson won the regional final at Haggs Castle with a net score of eight-under-par 64. They will join 15 other regional final winners in the £30,000 final at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort at Cancun.
n Scotland finished the opening day of the European Young Masters event in joint 21st place in a field of 26 teams at Royal Balaton Golf Club, Hungary.
Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie) shot a six-over-par 78 whiched included two 7s, one of them at a par-4 hole. George Burns (Williamwood) returned a 79, thanks to late birdies at the 11th, 13th and 16th after a triple- and double-bogeys earlier in his round.
Scottish girls champion Lauren Whyte (St Regulus) had a 80 while Clara Young (North Berwick) had an 88. Italy lead on 214 from Belgium on 216. Scotland are on 237.
n Sally Watson slipped down to a share of 23rd place on 141 with a round of two-over 73 after an opening 68 in the European women's individual amateur championship at Ljubljana Golf Club, Slovenia. She is seven shots behind the two-stroke leader, France's Celine Boutier (68-66) at the halfway stage of the 72-hole tournament
Scots Jamie Burnett and Anthony McGill produced stunning fightbacks in Sheffield yesterday to stay on course to qualify for September's Shanghai Masters, writes Lorin McDougall.
Burnett needed a snooker plus all of the colours to win a decider against Preston's Ian Burns, who earlier defeated Alan McManus. Burnett now plays Ryan Day for place in China.
McGill also won 5-4 after trailing Andy Hicks 4-3. He next meets another Welshman, Dominic Dale, but it was the end of the road yesterday for Perth's Scott Donaldson, who lost 5-1 to 1995 world finalist Nigel Bond.
n Shanghai Masters Qualifiers, World Snooker Academy, Sheffield, England
Rd 3 (Eng unless stated) T Tirapongpaiboon (Tha) bt M Dunn 5-0, N Bond bt S Donaldson (Sco) 5-1, A McGill (Sco) bt A Hicks 5-4, J White bt M White (Wal) 5-1, J Burnett (Sco) bt I Burns 5-4
Glasgow's Jamie Baker suffered a surprise defeat to unseeded Matt Reid in the second round of the Lexington Challenger in Kentucky, writes Lorin McDougall.
The fifth-seeded Scot reached the quarter-finals in New York last week but lost 4-6, 6-1, 5-7 to the Australian.
n ATP Farmers Classic, Los Angeles, California, USA
Rd 2 (3) L Mayer (Arg) bt F Cipolla (Ita) 6-0 4-0 ret, R Ram (US) bt P Capdeville (Chi) 6-3 6-1, (2) S Querrey (US) bt I Sijsling (Ned) 6-2 6-2
n WTA Baku Cup, Baku, Azerbaijan
Quarter-finals J Cohen (US) bt M Rybarikova (Svk) 3-6 6-3 6-4, (5) B Jovanovski (Ser) bt A Krunic (Ser) 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-3, O Puchkova (Rus) bt (3) M Minella (Lux) 2-6 6-1 6-2, (2) A Panova (Rus) bt (6) N Bratchikova (Rus) 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4
n ATP Bet-At-Home Cup, Kitzbuhel, Austria
Rd 2 (1) P Kohlschreiber (Ger) bt A Balazs (Hun) 6-4 6-1, R Dutra Silva (Bra) bt (7) E Gulbis (Lat) 6-4 6-4, F Volandri (Ita) bt (4) A Ramos (Spa) 6-4 6-4, W Odesnik (US) bt J Zopp (Est) 5-7 7-5 6-3, (3) R Haase (Ned) bt P Oswald (Aut) 6-4 3-6 6-2
Quarter-finals Volandri bt Dutra Silva (Bra) 6-4 6-4, Kohlschreiber bt L Rosol (Cze) 6-4 2-6 6-4, Haase bt Odesnik 6-2 6-4, (5) M Klizan (Svk) bt S Bolelli (Ita) 1-6 7-5 6-1
n AEGON GB Pro-Series Women's event, Wrexham, Wales
Rd 2 D Vekic (Cro) bt E Webley-Smith (GB) 6-0 4-6 7-5, J Jegiolka (Pol) bt J Windley (GB) 4-6 6-3 6-1, N Geuer (Ger) bt M Sezer (Tur) 6-3 6-1, N Lertpitaksinchai (Tha) bt T Mircic (Ser) 6-4 2-6 6-1, A Perez (Ven) bt M Minokoshi (Jpn) 7-5 7-5, D Marcinkevica (Lat) bt M Klaffner (Aut) 6-3 6-4, C Witthoeft (Ger) bt S Murray (GB) 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (7-3), P Plipuech (Tha) bt L Wienerova (Svk) 6-4 6-2