Saturday, February 7, 2004

Donald leads, but Singh close


Mickelson also 2 back in Pebble Beach National Pro-Am

The Associated Press

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Vijay Singh wasn't in the lead Friday at the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, but it sure seemed that way.

Singh got the most difficult course out of the way with a 4-under 68 at Spyglass Hill that left him only one stroke behind Luke Donald of England.

Donald bogeyed the last hole at Pebble Beach but still shot a 65, putting him in contention for the first time since he won the Southern Farm Bureau Classic - the same week as the Tour Championship - at the end of the '02 season.

Among those one stroke behind were J.J. Henry (70) and Ken Duke, 35, who has played tours in Canada, South America and Asia and is competing for only the 10th time on the PGA Tour. Tom Pernice Jr. let a great round at Spyglass get away with bogeys on his last two holes for a 68 and was also in the group one shot behind.

Singh and Phil Mickelson emerged late in the afternoon, when sunshine gave way to cool, overcast skies on the Monterey Peninsula.

Singh, who hasn't finished out of the top 10 since the PGA Championship in August, was solid on the tough front nine at Spyglass to finish his round.

Mickelson, who won the Bob Hope Classic and has played in the final group in both his tournaments this year, played with Singh and also had a 68 that left him in the group two shots out of the lead.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Tom Kite shot a 4-under 68 to lead by one after the first round of the Royal Caribbean Classic at Key Biscayne, Fla., in the first full-field event.

CURTIS CUP: Michelle Wie, 14, was among eight players selected to the U.S. team for the matches June 12-13 at Formby Golf Club in England, making the Hawaiian the youngest player in the 72-year history of the amateur matches for women. Also: Paula Creamer and U.S. Women's Amateur runner-up Jane Park, both 17; Duke freshman Brittany Lang, 18; Arizona sophomore Erica Blasberg, 19; Duke sophomore Elizabeth Janangelo, 20; Annie Thurman, 21, a junior at Oklahoma State who won the '02 Women's Amateur Public Links; and Sarah Huarte, 21, a senior at California who won the South Atlantic Ladies Amateur.

Defending champion Team USA has a 23-6-3 lead in the biennial matches that date to 1932.




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