Golfers assault par at Michelin tourney

Posted: Friday, October 08, 2004

LAS VEGAS -- Harrison Frazar shot a bogey-free 64 to take his place among a crowded group at the top of the leaderboard with an 8 under at the Michelin Championship at Las Vegas.

Seven players shared the lead on a day when perfect playing conditions and a lack of wind made the three courses used in the tournament easy targets.

Two of those players, Danny Ellis and Jason Bohn, shot 63s, but their scores were on the par-71 TPC Canyons course while the others played the par-72 TPC Summerlin and Bear's Best layouts. Also tied at 8 under were Scott Verplank, Kent Jones, Steve Lowery and Billy Mayfair. A tournament that traditionally gives up some of the lowest scores on the PGA Tour was shortened from 90 to 72 holes this year, but that didn't stop players from making their usual assault on par.

Of the 144 players in the field, 120 broke par, and 42 were within three shots of the lead.

LPGA Tour

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- Grace Park had four straight birdies on the back nine in a 6-under 66 that put her in a tie for the lead with Kim Saiki and Silvia Cavalleri after the opening round of the LPGA Asahi Ryokuken International Championship.

Park was 4 under par after just six holes in the LPGA's final full-field event of the year. She was even sharper during a stretch coming in, using strong approach shots for the birdie run that started on No. 12.

When Park gave back a stroke on 17, she recovered with a slithery downhill 4-footer for birdie on the closing dogleg.

Saiki got her first LPGA win at the Wegmans Rochester tournament in June and showed she was ready to contend again, chipping in for eagle on the par-5 16th at Mount Vintage Plantation.

Dunhill Links

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland -- Graeme McDowell matched a course record with a 10-under 62 on the famed Old Course to take the first-round lead in the Dunhill Links Championship.

A former top collegiate golfer at Alabama-Birmingham, the Northern Irishman held a three-stroke lead over four players.

U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, English Ryder Cup star David Howell and Peter Lonard of Australia all shot 7-under 65 at Kingsbarns, one of the three courses being used in the annual pro-am event. James Kingston of South Africa matched that score at Carnoustie.

The top two players in the world rankings, No. 1 Vijay Singh and No. 2 Ernie Els, both shot 68 at Kingsbarns, as did Ryder Cup hero Colin Montgomerie.



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