Riegger shoots record in wet Honda Classic

Saturday, March 9, 2002

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- John Riegger completed a course-record 9-under 63 in the rain-delayed first round, then added a 69 in the second Friday to take a two-stroke lead over Paul Casey in the Honda Classic.

Riegger, who turned pro in 1985 but is still looking for his first top-10 finish on the PGA Tour, was the clubhouse leader at 12 under when the second round was halted because of darkness.

Only 52 players in the 144-man field finished 36 holes Friday. Eighteen golfers had yet to tee off in the second round, meaning the cut will not be made until Saturday. The final round should be completed on time Sunday, tournament officials said.

More than 2 inches of rain fell on the TPC at Heron Bay on Thursday, leaving dozens of players with more than 18 holes to play Friday. The weather also left the course with soft greens that yielded several low scores.

Riegger made 12 birdies, three bogeys and an eagle in 33 holes Friday. Casey was 10 under after 14 holes when the round was suspended. Joey Sindelar, looking for his first PGA Tour win since 1990, did not make a bogey in the first two rounds and was 9 under.

Toshiba Senior Classic

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Allen Doyle, the Senior PGA Tour's player of the year last season, shot a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead in the Toshiba Senior Classic.

Hale Irwin and Jim Dent were second, and Tom Watson, coming off a playoff loss last week to Tom Kite in the SBC Senior Classic, topped a group of eight players at 68. Watson had his 12th straight round of par or better, the longest streak on the tour this year.

Doyle, the winner two years ago when the final round was rained out, became the first player to hold the lead alone after the first round in tournament history.

Kite, a two-time winner and the tour's money leader with $608,600, withdraw because of back spasms.

Dubai Desert Classic

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- South Korea's Charlie Wi shot a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke lead over South Africa's Ernie Els in the Dubai Desert Classic.

Wi put together a string of nine birdies en route to a 9-under 135 total. Els, coming off a victory Sunday in the PGA Tour's Genuity Championship, eagled the final hole for a 68.

England's John Bickerton (68) and Sweden's Niclas Fasth (69) were two back at 137.

Jacob's Creek Open

ADELAIDE, Australia -- Peter O'Malley, the Australian who beat Tiger Woods in the Match Play Championship, shot his second straight 4-under 68 for a four-stroke lead in the Jacob's Creek Open.

Australia's Gavin Coles (69) was second, and Americans Bryce Molder (72) and Douglas LaBelle (69) were five strokes back along with Australia's Stephen Leaney (71) and Peter Fowler (71).

The tournament is co-sanctioned by the Buy.com and Australasian tours.

-- From wire reports

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