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Nicklaus beats his boys and concludes: 'That's ridiculous'

Associated Press
Published May 2, 2003

SUNSET, S.C. - The Old Man was the best Nicklaus of the bunch Thursday in the Nationwide Tour's BMW Charity Pro-Am at the Cliffs.

Jack Nicklaus, teamed with sons Gary and Steve and playing a few groups ahead of sons Michael and Jackie, shot par 71. Gary, Michael and Jackie, all competing as pros like their father, shot 72 on the Keowee Vineyards course. Steve was his father's amateur partner and did not have an individual score.

The elder Nicklaus, 63, was shocked to be ahead of his sons: "That's ridiculous, my time has passed. An old man like me shouldn't beat any of those kids."

But he has a little work to do if he wants to win his first event on the PGA Tour's feeder circuit. Eric Meeks led at 7-under 65 when play was suspended by inclement weather.

HP CLASSIC OF NEW ORLEANS: After shooting 29 on the front nine, rookie Akio Sadakata started thinking about making history.

"I was thinking about the 59, but I didn't go that deep," he said.

Instead of becoming the fourth player to match the PGA Tour's magic number, Sadakata settled for a career-best 64 and a share of the first-round lead.

Paul Stankowski had five birdies on the back nine to join Sadakata at the top of the leaderboard.

Eight golfers, including leading money-winner Davis Love, defending champion K.J. Choi and Jeff Sluman, were one shot back on the 7,078-yard English Turn course.

Sadakata, who turned 24 last week, has had an inauspicious start to his PGA career, making the cut three times in nine tournaments. His best finish was 53rd in the BellSouth Classic at Sugarloaf.

MICHELOB LIGHT OPEN: Annika Sorenstam played her best on the longest holes at the inaugural tournament in Williamsburg, Va., shooting 3-under 68 to trail the leaders by two strokes.

LPGA tour novice Giulia Sergas posted a career-low 66 to share the lead with rookie Lorena Ochoa and Denise Killeen. Grace Park and Hee-Won Han shot 67.

Sorenstam, the tour leader in driving distance, posted an eagle and two birdies on the course's three par-5 holes. She also hit all 14 fairways. On the 491-yard No. 3 hole, she hit a 6-iron second shot about 200 yards and rolled in a 45-foot putt for the eagle.

The hilly Kingsmill course hosted the PGA Tour's Michelob Championship until last year. Sorenstam said that was one of the reasons she looked forward to playing the course as she prepares to go against men at the Colonial later this month. The LPGA course plays at 6,285 yards to 6,853 last year in the PGA Tour event.

ITALIAN OPEN: Peter O'Malley shot 8-under 64 for a two-shot lead over Gary Clarke after one round in Brescia, Italy. O'Malley equaled the course record set by Bernhard Langer in 1997.

ONE ROUND, TWO ACES: Bucking odds of 67-million to 1, according to Golf Digest, Dave Ladensack had two holes-in-one in one round Sunday at the Port Huron (Mich.) Elks Golf Club. Ladensack, 47, connected with a 6-iron on the 161-yard seventh hole and, about 90 minutes later, holed a 4-iron on the 186-yard 14th. He finished with a not-as-amazing 81. A representative from the National Hole-In-One Association said it hears of two-ace rounds once a season.

HALL OF FAME: Leo Diegel, a two-time PGA Championship winner, and Chako Higuchi, Japan's most successful female golfer, will enter the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine in October.

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