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Park fires 62 to lead Samsung World Championship

Posted: Friday, October 15, 2004

 

  Grace Park of Phoenix watches as she sinks a 25-foot putt on the 18th green during the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004. Park finished in the lead at 10-under par 62. AP Photo/Laura Rauch

Grace Park of Phoenix watches as she sinks a 25-foot putt on the 18th green during the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif. on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2004. Park finished in the lead at 10-under par 62.

AP Photo/Laura Rauch

PALM DESERT, Calif. Grace Park capped an almost flawless round by rolling in a 25-foot birdie putt for a 10-under 62 Thursday that gave her a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Samsung World Championship.

The 25-year-old Park shot 29 on the back nine, going 7-under over the last eight holes. Park's round included an eagle, nine birdies and one bogey.

Park's 62 was the best in the tournament's 24-year history. The event is being played for the first time at Bighorn Golf Club, the 13th course used for the tournament.

Catriona Matthew had a 64, while three-time champion Annika Sorenstam was tied at 66 with defending champion Sophie Gustafson, Lorena Ochoa and Cristie Kerr.

Amateur Michelle Wie, who turned 15 on Monday, played with Sorenstam and shot a 74.

Chrysler Classic

GREENSBORO, N.C. Jason Dufner shot a 7-under 65 to match his best round of the year and take a one-shot lead after the first round of the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro.

He has missed the cut in 15 of 26 tournaments, and with only two events left, he's 186th on the money list. Only the top 125 are guaranteed a spot for 2005.

Brent Geiberger, Tom Pernice Jr., Bo Van Pelt, Brendan Pappas and Brett Quigley all had 66s Thursday and 12 players were another stroke back. That group included Justin Rose, who had a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th.

Defending champ Shigeki Maruyama had a 68, along with U.S. Amateur champion Ryan Moore.

Mallorca Classic

PULA, Balearic Islands Sergio Garcia shot a 4-under 66 and shared the lead with Carlos Rodiles in the rain-delayed first round of the Mallorca Classic.

Morning thunderstorms forced play to be suspended twice and 58 players in the field of 116 failed to finish their round at the Pula Golf Club on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Those players will complete their first round Friday. Santiago Luna, Thomas Munoz and Robert Karlsson had 67s, while Fernando Roca had a 68.

World Match Play Championship

VIRGINIA WATER, England U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen was the only winner on a rainy opening day of the World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, beating Jeff Maggert by a record 12 and 11.

Goosen's margin of victory exceeded the previous record in the 36-hole matches of 11 and 10, when Mark O'Meara beat Vijay Singh in the second round in 1998. Because of a 2 1/2-hour rain delay at the start of the day, seven of the eight matches were suspended by darkness with the players still on the course, including defending champion Ernie Els. The South African recovered from a morning deficit to lead Scotland's Scott Drummond 2-up with two holes to play.



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