Woods has rough day, Scott tops TPC field

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2004

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. Tiger Woods and Adam Scott have such similar swings, it's often tough to distinguish them. That was hardly the case Thursday in The Players Championship.

The 23-year-old Aussie was in full flight, knocking down flags on his way to a 7-under 65 and a one-shot lead.

Woods continued to search for a swing he could trust, struggling to his fourth straight round over par, a 75 that put him in a tie for 108th and in serious jeopardy of missing the cut for the first time in six years.

Playing in the group ahead of the world's No. 1 player, Scott showed the fans what they thought they might see from Woods. He made six of his birdies from inside 6 feet, closing out a superb round with a 9-iron into 3 feet.

Duffy Waldorf survived a wild finish to his round of 66 by making a 15-foot eagle putt on the 16th, dunking one in the water on the island-green 17th for double bogey, and closing out with a birdie from 10 feet.

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. Annika Sorenstam stumbled at the start in her bid to win all four major LPGA Tour titles in a year, leaving her well behind a teenager who played in the Kraft Nabisco Championship when she was only 13.

No, it wasn't Michelle Wie, though Sorenstam trailed that young phenom, too. The leader was Aree Song, who knows a little something about being a golf prodigy herself.

Song took advantage of ideal scoring conditions and an early tee time to shoot a 6-under 66 in her first major championship since turning pro. She had a one-stroke lead over Lorena Ochoa, Rosie Jones and Catriona Matthew, while Karrie Webb and Dottie Pepper were another shot back.

The 17-year-old Song, in contention on the final day here four years ago, made six birdies and didn't come close to a bogey in a morning round played with little wind and soft greens at Mission Hills Country Club.

Sorenstam was five shots back and heading for a corrective session on the driving range after salvaging a 71 with a birdie on the last hole. Wie shot a 69.

SANTO DA SERRA, Madeira Islands Sweden's Magnus Persson Atlevi shot a 5-under 67, and Australia's Brad Kennedy was 5 under through nine holes in the rain-delayed Madeira Island Open.

Almost half the field failed to complete the first round because of a delay of more than two hours.



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