Originally created 05/07/99

Dodd leads, Olazabal struggles at French Open

BORDEAUX, France -- Welsh journeyman Stephen Dodd shot a 6-under-par 65 Thursday to take the first-round lead in the French Open.

The former British Amateur champion has missed eight cuts in nine tournaments this year and has never had a top six finish on the European PGA Tour.

American Bob May shot a 66 and was tied for second with Frenchman Jeff Remesy, England's Andrew Sherborne and Darren Lee and Ireland's Eamon Darcy.

Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal shot a 1-over-par 72 in a round that included four bogeys.

"Right now Olazabal's driving like an 18 handicapper and hitting iron-shots like the great champion he is," commented Frenchman Thomas Levet, one of the Spaniard's playing partners Thursday.

Olazabal declined comment, stalking into the club house with his eyes to the ground.

Fellow Spaniard Seve Ballesteros, a late entry after his encouraging top-20 finish at last week's Italian Open, plunged back into his two-year slump with a 77.


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