Scott, Durant tied for lead at Tour Championship

Saturday, November 4, 2006

Adam Scott tried to keep stress out of his round on Friday, and he did that by keeping his ball out of the rough. The result was a 3-under 67 that gave him a share of the lead with Joe Durant in the Tour Championship.

One of eight players in the 27-man field without a PGA Tour victory this year, Scott put himself in position to change that by making only one mistake on another chilly Atlanta afternoon amid the golden flora of East Lake.

That was a plugged lie in the bunker on No. 10, and he finished with eight straight pars to match Durant (68) at 4-under 136.

Trevor Immelman made six birdies in his round of 66, the low score so far this week, and was in the group at 1-under 139 that included Retief Goosen (71), Stuart Appleby (70) and Brett Quigley (68), who earned the distinction as the only player to get around East Lake without a bogey.

Luke Donald made the only eagle this week at the par-5 15th, then followed that by becoming the first player to make birdie on the 16th hole. That carried him to a 67.


Annika Sorenstam opened her bid for an LPGA Tour record sixth straight Mizuno Classic title with a 1-under 71, leaving the Swedish star six strokes behind first-round leader Rachel Hetherington.

Coming off a six-stroke victory Sunday in the Ladies European Tour's Dubai Ladies Masters, Sorenstam birdied the par-5 13th to reach 3 under, but she bogeyed the next two holes and closed with three pars on the Kashikojima Country Club course in Mie, Japan.

Last year, she became the first player in LPGA Tour history to win a tournament five straight times and matched the tour record she shares with Mickey Wright for victories in an event.

-- The Associated Press

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