Friday, May 14, 2004

Lonard pulls his game together, shares Byron Nelson Classic lead

The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas - Peter Lonard was due for a round like the 6-under 64 that gave him a share of the lead Thursday at the Byron Nelson Championship.

Tiger Woods has come to expect the round he had - not many fairways, but not far from the lead.

After missing the first six weeks of the season because of a cracked rib, Lonard finally saw some good results from his hard work with two great shots into the par-5s at Cottonwood Valley that led to an eagle and a birdie, the centerpiece of an otherwise solid round. He was tied with J.L. Lewis, who made all but one of his birdie putts inside 10 feet.

"I probably practiced as hard as I ever have and gotten worse each week," Lonard said. "So it was nice to actually come back and play well."

Woods, who finished one stroke out of a playoff last week, hit only six fairways on the TPC at Las Colinas, but made seven birdies in a 65 that left him tied with Dudley Hart.

"Basically, I had one really bad golf shot today, and that was on 10," Woods said, referring to a driver that caddie Steve Williams suggested he hit. Woods went well right into the trees, had no chance to get to the green and hit a flop shot some 25 feet beyond the flag for a bogey.

Nick Price finished with back-to-back 2s on his card, putting him in a large group at 66 that included Sergio Garcia, Jerry Kelly, Chris Smith and U.S. Open runner-up Stephen Leaney. Defending champion Vijay Singh took double bogey on the 14th hole and finished at 68; Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els shot 69.

LPGA: Nancy Scranton shot a 6-under 66 at Franklin, Tenn., and held a one-stroke lead over Stacy Prammanasudh after the first round of the Franklin American Mortgage Championship.

Scranton, who last won in 2000, needed only 28 putts in a bogey-free round that easily was her best in a year featuring five missed cuts and a tie for 44th as her best finish.

"Low round in a while," Scranton said with a laugh.

Scranton's best finish in 2003 was a tie for 29th, and a tie for 10th was her best finish the year before.

Wendy Ward, Pat Hurst, Candy Hanneman and Mi Hyun Kim had 68s.

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