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Duval shares lead after finding game

Compiled from Times wires
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published October 4, 2002

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- With his passion for golf renewed by his Ryder Cup experience and his game in a better state than it has been for some time, David Duval once again made Kingsmill Golf Club look easy.

Duval shot 7-under 64 Thursday -- his best round of the season -- and shared a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Michelob Championship.

"Out there playing last week at the Ryder Cup and today, I felt like me," Duval said. The intense competition against Europe, he said, restored "some passion that I found I had been missing for quite some time."

Hidemichi Tanaka birdied three of the last four holes for 64. He missed a right-to-left, 11-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th.

"I was thinking if I put this in, I will be on top of it and I knew I would come to the interview room and I was wondering what I would speak about in here, that pressure," Tanaka said through a translator.

Tanaka, who has been in 28 PGA events this year as a rookie, had eight birdies and one bogey -- the par-4 10th -- and said bouncing back right away with a birdie at the par-4 11th kept him going.

Duval tried building on his experience in England, where he posted a 1-1-1 record for the U.S. team in its loss to Europe and felt like he played well.

With his back feeling better, a nagging shoulder injury finally healed and his game coming around, Duval plans to play in three or four events the rest of the year -- and anticipates doing great things.

It doesn't hurt that he earned his first career victory here in 1997, repeated as champion the next year and would love to win the final PGA event played here. Next year, the course will host the less expensive LPGA Tour.

"The thinking I have is I can clean up this year with three wins pretty easy, that I can turn what's been a bad golf year into another multiple win season. That's how I feel about my golf right now," he said.

SAMSUNG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: Michele Redman shot 7-under 65 and held a one-shot lead over Annika Sorenstam, who had her sixth hole-in-one as a professional in Vallejo, Calif.

Redman has two LPGA Tour victories, the last at the 2000 First Union Betsy King Classic. She tied for second twice this season, at the Kellogg-Keebler in June and Canadian Womens in August.

Sorenstam's 38 career wins include eight this year, and the world's No. 1 player tied Redman for the lead with one swing of her 5-iron at the 185-yard 17th at Hiddenbrooke Golf Club.

"I told the ball to go into the hole," said Sorenstam, who had birdied No. 16 from 3 feet. "I couldn't see the ball, but when I saw the crowd jump up and down, I knew it went in."

Sorenstam hit her second shot into the water at the closing 497-yard par-5 and made a bogey that dropped her to 66.

Grace Park was third with a 67, while Cristie Kerr, Laura Diaz and Rosie Jones were another shot back. Three players, including Se Ri Pak, had 69s in the invitation-only tournament featuring the 20 top woman golfers.

DUNHILL LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP: Padraig Harrington followed up his Ryder Cup performance with a good start, shooting 6-under 66 at Carnoustie, Scotland, for a share of second place in the European Tour event.

Harrington trailed Eduardo Romero by one shot and was tied with Nic Lawrence and Jyoti Randhawa.

Romero, the Scottish Open champion, compiled a solid round and was pleased with his play.

"I putted extremely well," Romero said. "I think I had only 24 putts. And only once did I miss a fairway."

USGA SENIOR AMATEUR: Greg Reynolds of Grand Blanc, Mich., who made the field as an alternate four days before the tournament began, beat Mark Bemowski of Mukwonago, Wis., 4 and 3 to win the event at Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville.

"It's pretty special and hard to describe, but I feel really good about it," Reynolds, 55, said.

Reynolds arrived late last Friday and didn't have time for a practice round before teeing up Saturday afternoon for his first round of stroke play.

In his first-round match against Jay Howson of Malvern, Pa., Reynolds was 4 down at the turn but came back for a 1-up victory. He never trailed by more than one hole again throughout the championship.

ONE LESS CANDIDATE: Nick Faldo will not be a candidate to captain Europe's defense of the Ryder Cup in 2004. Faldo, who has been on the team a record 11 times, said he believes Sam Torrance should continue as captain in two years even though Torrance has expressed a reluctance to do so.

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