Records push Irwin to Senior Players lead

Friday, July 12, 2002

DEARBORN, Mich. -- Hale Irwin set nine-hole and first-round records Thursday in taking a two-shot lead in the Senior Players Championship.

Irwin, who birdied six of the first seven holes, shot a 7-under 29 on the front nine and finished with an 8-under 64.

Stewart Ginn was at 66, while Mark McCumber, who took Jack Nicklaus' place after he withdrew with muscle spasms on Wednesday, shot a 67 as did Tom Jenkins. Three others were four strokes behind Irwin.

Irwin, who won here in 1999, has finished second twice and has been tied for fourth or better five of the last six years. He has shot in the 60s in 18 of 29 rounds and owns the tournament record with a 68.86 scoring average.

Defending champion Allen Doyle, who played with Irwin, shot a 75.

PGA: Tommy Armour III, who won the Phoenix Open 12 years ago for his only PGA Tour victory, shot an 8-under 63 in the first round of the Greater Milwaukee Open in Milwaukee, Wis.

Bo Van Pelt, Kenny Perry, Deane Pappas and Jeff Sluman were at 64.

Defending champion Shigeki Maruyama was two shots off the lead along with Steve Stricker, Bryce Molder and Kelly Gibson.

Jerry Kelly, coming off a victory in last week's Western Open, shot a 70.

LPGA: Rachel Teske strung together four birdies in a 4-under 67 to take the first-round lead at the Jamie Farr Kroger Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Teske, who lost a playoff to Annika Sorenstam two years ago at the Farr, started on the back nine and was 1-over after five holes. She chipped in from 30 feet at 15, rolled in a 25-footer for birdie at 16 and then hit wedges to 4 feet and 5 feet on the consecutive par-5s. She parred eight of the last nine holes, making a 20-foot birdie putt on No. 4 to take the lead.

Defending champion and three-time Farr winner Se Ri Pak stumbled to a 72, her first round over par at the tournament since 1997.

Dorothy Delasin and rookie Jeanne-Marie Busuttil were at 68.

PGA EUROPE: Justin Rose, winner of four tournaments this year, shot a 6-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Scottish Open at Luss, Scotland.

Miles Tunnicliff and Fredrik Jacobson were tied for second, while former Masters and British Open champion Sandy Lyle had a 67 to tie for fourth.

Two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els was in a group at 68 that also included Brad Faxon.

-- From wire reports

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