International leader scores 10 birdies

Perfect round for Love

Posted: Friday, August 08, 2003

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. Davis Love III tied a tournament record with 10 birdies and held the lead in the weather-delayed first round of The International on Thursday.

Love had 19 points under the modified Stableford scoring system used in this event at Castle Pines Golf Club. Charles Howell III was next with 14 points.

Play was delayed by lightning in the afternoon for 1 hour, 44 minutes and was suspended because of darkness with 13 players still on the course. They were to conclude their rounds early Friday prior to the second round.

Love, who has won three times this season and stands fourth on the money list with more than $4.2 million, finished just one point shy of the tournament record.

''That's probably the most birdies I've ever made in a round,'' Love said. ''I don't think I could hit it much better, and I couldn't have putted much better either.''

He said his ball-striking was comparable to the final round of the Players Championship, which he won with a closing 64, ''and maybe even better.''

Love, who needed only 23 putts, also said he ''can't remember the last time I putted with such confidence all the way through.''

Love birdied his first three holes, including a 30-foot putt at No. 1. Love, in the 10th fairway when play was stopped, had four birdies in his last five holes. He had his lone bogey at the par-3 16th when he missed the green. He is the third player to get 10 birdies in one round at this tournament.

Bob Tway and Jonathan Kaye each finished with 12 points, while John Rollins had 11 and Chris Riley 10.

Masters champion Mike Weir and Steve Lowery, last year's runner-up here, were in a group at 9. Phil Mickelson and Chris DiMarco were at 8. Defending champion Rich Beem was at 4, along with Ernie Els and Vijay Singh. Sergio Garcia was at 2 and David Toms at minus-1.

The scoring system gives players 8 points for a double eagle, 5 points for an eagle, 2 points for birdie, zero for par, minus-1 for bogey and minus-3 for double bogey or worse. Beem won last year with a four-round total of 44 points, including 19 on Sunday.

Howell, making a statement for the PGA Tour's young guns after season-long successes by the over-40 crowd, had seven birdies in a bogey-free round.

''Last year everybody said it was the 'Young Tour,''' the 24-year-old Howell said. ''I think we had 18 first-time winners. Now this year you're seeing the total opposite of that. I think it's good for the game. I think it shows you how hard a lot of people are working. They're not ready to give up.''

Singh, Scott Hoch, Fred Couples, Peter Jacobsen and Kenny Perry have already won this year in their 40s, and Craig Stadler won the B.C. Open three weeks ago at age 50. Nick Price, 46, and Jay Haas, 49, stand 10th and 11th, respectively, on this year's money list.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark Raphael Jacquelin set a course record with a 10-under 62 and held a three-stroke lead after the opening round of the inaugural Nordic Open.

Jacquelin had eight birdies and an eagle at Simon's Golf Club.

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Phillip Archer and Raymond Russell were tied for second.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden Raquel Carriedo shot a 6-under 66 and held a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the HP Open.

Sophie Gustafson, Iben Tinning and Marina Arruti were all tied at 67.

Annika Sorenstam, playing in her native city for the first time since 1999, started and finished birdie-birdie in her 68 at the Drottningholm course near the Royal castle.

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