Hot Irwin takes lead at tourney

Posted: 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.

Greater Milwaukee Open

MILWAUKEE -- 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.

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

Jamie Farr Kroger Classic

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

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.

Scottish Open

LUSS, Scotland -- 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.

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.

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