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Steve Stricker, Jim Furyk tied for the lead at TPC Boston

They shoot 63 in first round of Deutsche Bank Championship.

September 05, 2009|Associated Press

Steve Stricker birdied his first two holes, and Tiger Woods could see what was coming. Walking to the next tee Friday at the TPC Boston, Woods said to his caddie, "He's going to shoot 62."

Woods' instincts were off by one.

Stricker ran off five consecutive birdies and only once came close to a bogey in an eight-under-par 63 to share the first-round lead with Jim Furyk in the Deutsche Bank Championship at Norton, Mass.

Furyk, without a victory in more than two years, shot his 63 in the afternoon. They were two shots clear of Masters champion Angel Cabrera, Justin Leonard, Retief Goosen, Scott Verplank and Matt Kuchar.

"To get off to a birdie-birdie start just kind of got the day started in the right direction," Stricker said.

In a reversal, it was Woods who had the best seat for a great round. The world's No. 1 player hit ordinary shots to the green, hit one tee shot into the bushes for a penalty shot and failed to convert five birdie chances he had inside 12 feet. He wound up with a 70.

"I didn't really do much of anything positive today," Woods said. "I didn't feel good over any shot today. Didn't drive it very good, hit my irons worse and didn't make any putts. Other than that, it was a good day."

It was a good day for most, with 64 out of the 99 players breaking par and the field averaging 69.67. The top 70 qualify for next week in Chicago.

Troy Matteson started at No. 125 at the Barclays, moved up to No. 83 with his tie for 20th, and continued going strong with a 66. He was joined by Geoff Ogilvy and Sean O'Hair.

Padraig Harrington also put together another solid round with a 67, and Phil Mickelson continued to sputter. He three-putted his first hole and four-putted the ninth to offset three birdies in his round of 71.


South Korea's Song-Hee Kim shot a tournament-record, nine-under 62 at Priddis, Alberta, for a share of the second-round lead with Suzann Pettersen in the Canadian Women's Open.

Pettersen, coming off a playoff loss to M.J. Hur last week in the Safeway Classic, shot a 68 to match Kim at nine-under 133.

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa (68) and Women's British Open winner Catriona Matthew (66) were a stroke back.

Michelle Wie shot a 69 but missed the cut for the first time this season.

Champions Tour

Defending champion Jeff Sluman shot a bogey-free, seven-under 65 at Del Monte Golf Course to take a one-stroke over lead Loren Roberts and Olin Browne in the Champions Tour's Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

Sluman, winner of the 1988 PGA Championship, has five top-10 finishes this season.

Tom Kite, who also played at Del Monte, and Mark O'Meara, who had the low score at Pebble Beach, were tied at 67.

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