Four share Wachovia lead


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Jim Furyk, rookie Bill Haas and two others shared the lead after the first round Thursday of the Wachovia Championship, all finishing with 4-under 68s.

For the first time in three years, Tiger Woods wasn’t at this tournament. He had decided to skip the tournament even before his father, Earl, died of cancer on Wednesday.

South Africans Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini also finished with 68s, while Masters champion Phil Mickelson, defending champ Vijay Singh and Ernie Els all had 71s. Singh defeated Furyk and Sergio Garcia in a playoff last year. Els is making his first appearance at Quail Hollow.

SK Telecom Open

INCHEON, South Korea (AP) – Michelle Wie is in position to make the cut in a men’s tournament for the first time.

She shot a 2-under-par 70 that left her five strokes off the lead in the first round of the SK Telecom Open. The 16-year- had four birdies and two bogeys in her eighth attempt at making it to the weekend in a men’s tournament. Adam Le Vesconte of Australia led after a 65 in the Asian tour event. Wie, whose parents were born in South Korea, finished third in March at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the first LPGA major. If she makes the cut after Friday’s second round, she will be the second woman to do so at a Korean tournament.

Se Ri Pak tied for 10th at the KPGA Tour’s SBS Pro-Golf Championship in 2003.

Italian Open

MILAN, Italy (AP) – Soren Kjeldsen of Denmark equaled the course record with a 9-under 63 to take a a two-stroke lead.

Kjeldsen had nine birdies in matching the course record set by Richard Finch of England last year at Castello di Tolcinasco. Ben Barham of England trailed with a 65.

Seven players shot 66 and were three strokes off the lead. European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam had a 70.

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