Friday, October 25, 2002

Herron jumps to lead in Buick



By The Associated Press

PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. - Tim Herron shot a 9-under 63, his lowest score in three years, and held a two-stroke lead over seven players Thursday after the opening round of the Buick Challenge.

Herron took only 23 putts on the soft greens of Callaway Gardens.

Phil Mickelson, playing the Buick Challenge for the first time in 10 years, was tied at 65 with Rocco Mediate, Bob May, David Gossett, Ben Crane and Michael Long, an alternate who didn't know he was playing until 20 minutes before he teed off.

David Toms was among those at 66.

Only 14 players in the 132-man field failed to shoot par or better.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Rain, temperatures in the low 40s and winds of 10-15 mph led to the first round of the season-ending Senior Tour Championship to be suspended.

Golfers had been on the course about three hours when play was stopped. All but four of the 46 golfers in the field had teed off.

Rodger Davis was 2 under through seven holes at Gaillardia Golf & Country Club. Walter Hall was 2 under through six.

Gibby Gilbert, playing in the Super Senior event for players 60 and older, got to 4 under through 13, then made a bogey and a double bogey.

Play was scheduled to resume Friday morning and tournament officials hope to complete the first two rounds. Golfers will have about an hour between the completion of their first round and the start of the second.

Rain was not in Friday's forecast, although temperatures were expected to remain cool.

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MADRID, Spain - Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 64 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Madrid Open.

Padraig Harrington, Brian Davis and Maarten Lafeber had 65s, while Retief Goosen, Trevor Immelman and Markus Brier were in a six-way tie at 66.

Seve Ballesteros pulled out before the tournament due to the death of his 83-year-old mother. Ballesteros, the 1989 champion, is the last Spaniard to win the Madrid Open.

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. - Todd Barranger shot a 7-under 65 and held a two-shot lead after the first round of the Buy.com Tour Championship, a 20-shot improvement for him from last year's season-ending tournament.

The top 15 players on the Buy.com money list after this tournament earn exemptions to the PGA Tour.

Barranger started this tournament in 15th place last year and fell to No. 16 after a poor performance that started with the 85. He missed earning his PGA Tour card by just $2,273.

He began this week in the same place on the money list.

Barranger had seven birdies on the rain-soaked Capitol Hill's Senator Course on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail.

Jason Gore bogeyed the 18th hole to cap a 67 and was tied with Mike Heinen and Eric Meeks. Aaron Baddeley and Roland Thatcher had 68s.



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