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Damron, Four Others Share 1st-Round Lead

October 06, 2000|From Associated Press

Robert Damron, who withdrew in frustration after the third round of the Michelob Championship two years ago, shot a five-under-par 66 on Thursday to grab a share of the first-round lead at Williamsburg, Va.

"Traditionally I've had a lot of trouble reading putts here," Damron said. "Today, every putt seemed to do what I thought it would do."

Damron needed only 26 putts, the last a 12-footer for birdie on the 18th hole, but said he couldn't explain why he putted so much better, or why he played so well after not even getting in a practice round.

"I just kind of saw it and went with it," he said.

Sean Murphy also shot a 66, capped by a 25-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole, which gave up only 12 birdies against 49 bogeys or worse. Steve Pate, J.P. Hayes and Cameron Beckman also finished with 66s.


Bob May became an undignified historical footnote of the World Match Play Championship after squandering a superb start and crashing to a 6 and 5 loss to Padraig Harrington at Virginia Water, England.

The defeat meant that for the first time in the 37-year history of the event there is no American in the second day of play.

May, who lost to Tiger Woods in a playoff for the PGA title in August, shot a five-under 30 on the front nine on the West Course at Wentworth to grab a three-stroke lead.

But May bogeyed twice on the back nine and Harrington hauled him in before the halfway point of the 36-hole match.

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