Eaks leads U.S. Senior Open

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2002

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- R.W. Eaks, who has never won a PGA event of any kind, shot a 7-under-par 64 Thursday to tie the U.S. Senior Open record and take a three-shot lead over Tom Watson after the opening round.

Eaks had an eagle, eight birdies and three bogeys on a difficult Caves Valley course that yielded only nine sub-par rounds on a sweltering day.

Play was suspended for the day by lightning with 33 players left on the course.

St. Jude Classic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Glen Hnatiuk and Tim Petrovic shot 6-under-par 65s and took a one-stroke lead over a tightly bunched leaderboard in the suspended first round of the St. Jude Classic.

Afternoon thunderstorms delayed play for more than three hours, and play stopped at 8:39 p.m. EDT, due to weather just before darkness, with 78 players still on the TPC at Southwind course.

Hnatiuk had seven birdies and one bogey, while Petrovic, who played on the Buy.Com Tour last year, turned in a bogey-free, six-birdie round that was his best yet on the PGA Tour.

Irish Open

CORK, Ireland -- Fred Funk shot a 5-under-par 66 and shared the first-round lead at the Irish Open with Nick Dougherty, Joakim Haeggman, Eduardo Romero and Peter O'Malley.

Defending champion Colin Montgomerie shot a 67 and was in a five-way tie for sixth along with Lee Westwood on the Fota Island course on Ireland's south coast.

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