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© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2000


An unhappy Woods leads NEC with 64

AKRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods resumed his dominance Thursday by flirting with the course record at Firestone Country Club and settling for a one-stroke lead in the NEC Invitational.

And Woods wasn't happy with his 64.

"I drove it terrible on the back nine," he said. "I was able to keep it on the property, which is good, but that's about it. Consequently, I didn't shoot the scores I wanted to shoot."

Wood, 7 under through his first 12 holes, bogeyed two of his last three but still shot his lowest first-round score of the year. He led Jim Furyk by one in the $5-million World Golf Championship event for players from the Presidents Cup and U.S. Ryder Cup teams and the top 12 Europeans from the European PGA Tour money list.

Phil Mickelson and Justin Leonard were in a large group at 4-under 66 on a course softened by overnight rain. Ernie Els and Jose Maria Olazabal were among those at 67. In all, 21 of the 37 players broke par.

OLDSMOBILE CLASSIC: Meg Mallon, still groggy after her trip from the Women's British Open, tied her personal best and set a tournament record with 10-under 62 in the first round of the LPGA Tour event at East Lansing, Mich.

Mallon, who shared the record, 63, with four others, had bogey-free nines of 31 and 31 on her way to a two-stroke lead over Michelle McGann, seeking her first win since 1997.

Karrie Webb shot 66 to match Tracy Hanson, Jenny Lidback and Mitzi Edge.

RENO-TAHOE OPEN: Peter Jacobsen birdied the last hole to forge a tie with Scott McCarron, one stroke ahead of Jean Van de Velde and two others in the PGA Tour event at Reno.

Jacobsen and McCarron opened with bogey-free 6-under 66s. Steve Flesch and Emlyn Aubrey were tied with Van de Velde at 67, followed by Rocco Mediate, Tim Herron, Woody Austin of Tampa, Mike Sposa and John Rollins at 68. PGA Championship runner-up Bob May was in a group three strokes off the lead.

COMPAQ OPEN: Annika Sorenstam overcame wild wind to take the first-round lead at 3-under 69 at Stockholm, Sweden.

Defending champion Laura Davies was 3 under with three holes left when play was halted for the day because of the strong, gusting wind and torrential rain.

Juli Inkster, who played with Sorenstam, three-putted twice on the back nine of the Barseback course for 71.

The first round will be completed this morning, followed by the second.

SCOTTISH PGA: Raphael Jacquelin, a European PGA Tour regular, shot a course-record 8-under 64, and Benn Barham, 155th on the satellite Challenge Tour and carrying his clubs, shot 65 in the first round at Gleneagles. In third was Paul Lawrie, who had a hole-in-one on No. 1 on his way to 67.

U.S. AMATEUR: Hunter Mahan, 18, of McKinney, Texas, and reinstated amateur David Eger, 48, of Ponte Vedra, each won two matches to move closer to the USGA record book.

Mahan (18 years, 3 months) is trying to replace Woods (18 years, 7 months) as the Amateur's youngest winner. Eger is looking to become the oldest winner at 48 years, 5 months.

Also making the final eight at Springfield, N.J.: Gary Wolstenholme, 40, of England; Jerry Courville, 40, of Milford, Conn.; three-time All-American Bryce Molder of Georgia Tech; 1999 NCAA champion Luke Donald, an Englishman playing at Northwestern; James Driscoll of the University of Virginia; and Jeff Quinney of Arizona State.

PGA JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: Naree Wongluekiet of Bradenton shot 6-under 66 to take a three-stroke lead over Whitney Code of Tampa after two rounds at Palm Beach Gardens. Wongluekiet was at 6-under 138.

In third, four strokes back, was Wongluekiet's twin sister, Aree, who shot 71 on the National Golf Club's Champion Course.

In the boys division, Ty Tryon shot 70 to increase his lead to six strokes at 6-under 138. Ryan Posey shot 72 for a second day to end up alone in second.

NORTH FLORIDA PGA SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP: Defending champion Will Frantz of North Port won by six strokes over Ted Goin of Ponte Vedra Beach. Frantz shot 14-under 201 at the Country Club at Heathrow in Lake Mary.

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