Howell fires course record to take lead

Posted: Friday, June 25, 2004

POTOMAC, Md. Charles Howell III shot a course-record 10-under 61 including a 28 on his final nine holes to take a three-stroke lead Thursday in the Booz Allen Classic.

Howell went birdie-eagle-eagle on the three par 5s and made six putts of 15 feet or longer en route to the lowest opening-round score this year on the PGA Tour. It also was the second-lowest overall round of the season.

Rich Beem, the 1999 winner, and Olin Browne opened with 64s on the TPC at Avenel, and Jeff Sluman shot a 65.

Rochester LPGA

PITTSFORD, N.Y. Kim Saiki, winless in 13 years on the LPGA Tour, shot a bogey-free 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Rochester LPGA.

Candie Kung opened with a 67, Hall of Famer Juli Inkster shot a 68, and 17-year-old amateur Paula Creamer was three strokes back at 69 along with Se Ri Pak, Rosie Jones, Becky Morgan and Stephanie Louden.

Annika Sorenstam and defending champion Rachel Teske shot 72s.

U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Defending champion Michelle Wie and qualifying medalist Brittany Lang won first-round matches in the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.

The 14-year-old Wie overcame a shaky putter with solid iron play in a 3-and-1 victory over Brooke Goodwin. Lang beat Amber Jean Kuss 5 and 4.

French Open

VERSAILLES, France South Africa's Darren Fichardt birdied five of the last nine holes for a 5-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Wales' Ian Woosnam in the French Open.

Australia's Richard Green opened with a 68, and France's Jean-Francois Remesy and Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts shot 69s.

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