Friday, July 23, 2004

8 tied for lead at PGA event

The Associated Press

MILWAUKEE - Only one other time has a PGA Tour leaderboard been this crowded after an opening round.

Eight golfers shot 5-under 65s Thursday and were tied for the lead at the U.S. Bank Championship, formerly known as the Greater Milwaukee Open.

Another 10 golfers were one shot back.

"A lot of people, a lot of golf (left)," said Danny Briggs, who was tied for first with Todd Fischer, Bo Van Pelt, Brett Quigley, Patrick Sheehan, Brian Kortan, Robert Gamez and Olin Browne.

The Honda Classic in 2000 had the only other eight-way tie for first after one round.

ENGLISH QUALIFIES: Sean English, a Kenwood Country Club teaching professional, qualified to play for next month's PGA Championship by placing in the top 25 at the PGA Club Professional Championship from June 24-27. English finished 16th with a four-round 287 on the par-72 course at Longaberger Golf Club in Nashport, Ohio.

IRISH OPEN: Australians Nick O'Hern and Peter Lonard shot 8-under-par 64s and shared the first-round lead in Drogheda, Ireland. O'Hern started at the 10th and was just 2 under after nine holes. He played the front of the 7,031-yard links in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies. Peter Lawrie shot 67, while Darren Clarke and Padraig Harrington had 70.

EVIAN MASTERS: Karen Stupples shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-shot lead over Laura Davies and Annika Sorenstam after the second round. Stupples is at 10 under following a round which included seven birdies and just one bogey. Teen phenom Michelle Wie shot her second consecutive 1-under 71 and was tied for 26th. She also confirmed she would not play the British Open next week.

U.S. JUNIOR AMATEUR: Defending champion Brian Harman survived a difficult second-round match and advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Junior Amateur Championships. Harman needed a bunker shot on the final hole to close out Kyle Stanley 1-up. Second-seeded Matt Savage, of Louisville, won his second-round match over Andrew Carroll 6 and 5.

U.S. GIRLS JUNIOR AMATEUR: Medalist Julieta Granada and top-ranked junior Paula Creamer each won two matches to set up their rematch today. Creamer beat Granada 1-up in last year's quarterfinals.

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