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Golf

Goosen sets record at rainy Match Play

By wire services
Published October 15, 2004

VIRGINIA WATER, England - U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was the only winner on a rainy opening day of the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth on Thursday, beating Jeff Maggert by a record 12 and 11.

Goosen's margin of victory exceeded the record in the 36-hole matches of 11 and 10, set in 1998 when Mark O'Meara beat Vijay Singh in the second round.

Because of a 21/2-hour rain delay, seven matches were suspended by darkness with the players still on the course, including defending champion Ernie Els. The South African led Scott Drummond 2-up with two holes to play. The matches were to be completed this morning.

PGA: Rookie Jason Dufner shot 7-under 65 to match his best round of the year and take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, N.C. Brent Geiberger, Tom Pernice, Bo Van Pelt, Brendan Pappas and Brett Quigley shot 66. Justin Rose, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th, was in a group of 12 at 67.

LPGA: Grace Park capped her round with a 25-foot birdie putt for 10-under 62 that gave her a two-stroke lead at the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif. Sixteen of the 20 players in the field broke par on the opening day, with Park's the best in the tournament's 24-year history. Catriona Matthew had 64, and three-time champion Annika Sorenstam was at 66 with three others. Amateur Michelle Wie, 15, shot 74.

EUROPEAN PGA: Sergio Garcia shot 4-under 66 and shared the lead with Carlos Rodiles in the rain-delayed first round of the Mallorca Classic in Pula, Balearic Islands. Morning thunderstorms forced play to be suspended twice, and 58 of 116 players did not finish. They will complete their rounds today.

USGA: Mark Bemowski earned a 4-and-3 victory over Greg Reynolds to win the Senior Amateur Championship in Los Angeles. ... Carolyn Creekmore defeated Elizabeth Haines 1-up in the final of the Senior Women's Amateur in Santa Cruz, Calif.

DENIED: Tiger Woods and his bride were briefly detained by U.S. Coast Guard officers on their yacht Privacy, then were turned away in San Juan, Puerto Rico, because they had failed to notify authorities of their arrival. Since July 1, new security regulations require many boats to submit an arrival notice at least four days before entering a U.S. port, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Eric Willis said.

[Last modified October 15, 2004, 01:31:23]


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