Duffy Waldorf, thriving in chilly, wet weather that seemed better suited for Europe, shot a 7-under-par 64 to take the first-round lead at the Phoenix Open at Scottsdale, Ariz.
Waldorf teed off early and had five consecutive birdies on the back nine on the TPC of Scottsdale stadium course.
Two days of rain had softened the greens, and runner-up Hale Irwin carded his 66 after a similarly early start. Of the 41 players who broke par, only 11 teed off in the afternoon.
Pullman’s Kirk Triplett finished at 3-over-par.
At Manila, Philippines Sweden’s Mats Hallberg isn’t among the big names in the PGA European Tour’s Johnnie Walker Classic, but he leads the field after the opening round of play.
Hallberg shot a 3-under-par 69 in windy conditions for a first-round 1-shot lead. Nick Price of Zimbabwe, the world’s topranked player, was at 71. American Fred Couples, who won last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, was three strokes back with defending champion Greg Norman of Australia.
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