Friday, June 07, 2002

Webb leads at Wilmington



The Associated Press

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Karrie Webb of Australia tries to use body english to coax in a birdie chip on the 16th green.
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        WILMINGTON, Del. — Defending champion Karrie Webb was 5-under through 15 holes Thursday and leading the LPGA Championship when thunderstorms suspended the first round.

        The clubhouse leader was Beth Daniel, whose 4-under 67 was her lowest opening round in a major championship in 20 years, dating to a 67 in the 1982 du Maurier Classic.

        Annika Sorenstam, trying to become the first woman in 16 years to win the first two legs of the Grand Slam, stumbled home to a 1-under 70, not a bad score considering the severity of DuPont Country Club. Only six players among the early starters managed to break par.

        Lorie Kane of Canada was at 3-under through 12 holes, while Natascha Fink of Austria was at 3-under through 10.

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        HARRISON, N.Y. — Loren Roberts, whose putting has carried him to seven PGA Tour titles, shot a 7-under 64 and took a one-stroke lead over Jerry Kelly, Michael Muehr and Bob Heintz after the opening round of the Buick Classic.

        After playing the first four holes 1-over, Roberts had nine birdies and a bogey in a 12-hole stretch on Westchester Country Club's tree-lined West Course.

        Chris Smith and David Gossett shot 66s, and Retief Goosen, preparing for his U.S. Open title defense next week, was at 67 along with Stewart Cink, Steve Elkington, Robert Allenby, Jim Carter, Pat Perez, John Rollins and Craig Parry.

        Defending champion Sergio Garcia and two-winner Ernie Els were in a group at 68.

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        AKRON, Ohio — Former club pro Ted Goin birdied the final three holes in a 2-under-par 68 and shared the lead with Tom Kite and journeyman Mike Smith after the opening round of the PGA Seniors Championship.

        Goin, a 52-year-old playing his second year on the Senior PGA Tour, was 2-over through seven holes but recovered down the stretch to get into contention in the second senior major of the year.

        Kite, who has won twice on the senior tour this season, had three birdies and one bogey. Smith, a non-winner in 25 years on the PGA Tour, made a 12-footer for birdie on his last hole to pull into the tie for the lead at the 6,927-yard Firestone Country Club course.

        Defending champion Tom Watson shot a 69 as did Fuzzy Zoeller, who is seeking his first win in his first year on the over-50 tour. They were joined by Jim Thorpe — winner of the first senior major, The Countrywide Tradition — and Wayne Levi.

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        MERIDEN, England — Darren Clarke, a two-time English Open champion, shot a 7-under-par 65 and shared the first-round lead of that tournament with Jarrod Moseley of Australia.

        Didier de Vooght of Belgium, Gary Orr of Scotland, and Englishmen Mark Roe, Graeme Storm and Grant Hamerton were all two strokes back at 7,213-yard Marriott Forest of Arden course.

        A group of 11 at 68 included Justin Rose, who won last week's British Masters, and the man he beat for that title, Ian Poulter.

       



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