Woods' 65 leads after first round

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Tiger Woods doesn't feel as though he's on a roll, but it sure seems that way.

Woods reached all the par 5s in two, had control of his irons, made one good escape from the trees and holed enough putts Friday for a 6-under 65 that gave him an early one-shot lead in the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton, Mass.

"Turned out to be a really nice day," he said.

Billy Andrade, inspired by watching fellow New Englander Brad Faxon win last week in Connecticut, holed an 8-iron from 156 yards for eagle on the 13th hole on his way to a 66, his best round since May. He was tied with Carlos Franco, Briny Baird and Steve Lowery.

No one else challenged them among the afternoon starters, although conditions were so tame that 60 players broke par and were within five shots of the lead.


Sherri Turner and Tina Barrett shot 3-under 69s Friday to move into a tie for the lead after two rounds of the LPGA State Farm Classic.

Turner and Barrett, each looking for their first victory since 1989, started the round a shot off the pace and got to 9-under 135 at the Rail Golf Club in Springfield, Ill.

First-round leader Heather Bowie had a 1-under 71 and was one stroke back at 8 under along with Maria Hjorth, Liselotte Neumann and Pat Hurst.

Champions Tour

Hale Irwin and Dana Quigley both shot 6 under pars 66s to share a one-stroke lead over three players Friday after the opening round of the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at the Del Monte Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Walter Hall, Bob Gilder and Doug Tewell, all playing at Pebble Beach, the host course, shot 67s, one stroke ahead of six players, including former two-time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange.

-- From wire reports

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