Wind blows scores up at MCI Heritage

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2004

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) Cameron Beckman shot a 4-under-par 67 Thursday for the highest opening-round score for a leader in 14 years at the MCI Heritage.

Beckman made a 16-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the ninth, for a surprisingly high number at the wind-swept, 6,973-yard Harbour Town Golf Links. He held a one-stroke lead.

Two years ago, Davis Love III, the defending champion and a five-time winner of the event, opened with a 62.

The last time the opening-round leader had a 67 was in 1992, when Love grabbed the early lead and went on to win the event.

Jonathan Byrd, Heath Slocum, British Open champ Ben Curtis, Rod Pampling and Jay Haas had 68s.

LPGA Tour

LAS VEGAS Cristie Kerr was in her element in the swirling winds, shooting a 3-under 69 to share the lead with three others in the Takefuji Classic.

Jackie Gallagher-Smith, second-year pro Stacy Prammanasudh and rookie Nadina Taylor of Australia tied Kerr on a day when winds gusting to 35 mph made the Las Vegas Country Club course difficult.

Kerr, who had six birdies and three bogeys, said the wind was no problem for her because she grew up in breezy South Florida.

Grace Park, who took the year's first major title with her triumph in the Kraft Nabisco, opened with a 72. Aree Song, a 17-year-old rookie who finished second to Park in that tournament, shot 73.

Defending Las Vegas champion Candie Kung struggled to a 75.

European Tour

SEVILLE, Spain Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium birdied the last hole for a 7-under-par 65 and the lead after the first round of the Seville Open.

Colsaerts is a shot ahead of Gregory Havret of France, who led for much of the day with a 66 that included a run of six birdies in seven holes on the back nine.

Ivo Giner of Spain, Gary Houston of Wales, and Jean Francois Remesy of France were tied at 5 under. A group at 4 under included Miguel Angel Jimenez.

, seeking his third victory of the year.



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