Originally created 05/26/06

Morgan leads Senior PGA



EDMOND, Okla. - Playing on his home course, Gil Morgan shot 5-under-par 66 on Thursday to take a one-shot lead over playing partner Peter Jacobsen after the first round of the Senior PGA Championship at Oak Tree Golf Club.

The 59-year-old Morgan, whose home is within walking distance of the Oak Tree clubhouse, had six birdies on the 7,107-yard layout. It was the first full round he had played on his home course since October and his best competitive round there ever.

Tied at 68 are 2001 Senior PGA champion Tom Watson; Jay Haas, who has won his past two Champions Tour events; and Loren Roberts, a three-time winner this year who has yet to finish out of the top 10 in eight previous Champions Tour events.

Augusta native Jim Dent had 73.

ST. JUDE CLASSIC: In Memphis, Tenn., Chris Smith used some strong putting and a little creativity around the greens in shooting 6-under-par 64 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the PGA Tour event.

Smith, whose lone tour victory was the 2002 Buick Classic, needed only 24 putts in a six-birdie, bogey-free round that easily was his best this year.

D.A. Points shot 66. Paul Azinger and Tom Pernice shot 67.

Former Augustans Larry Mize and Stiles Mitchell shot 76, and Augusta resident John Engler had 80.

Two-time champion Nick Price had 68, as did seven others.

CORNING CLASSIC: In Corning, Nancy Scranton shot 7-under-par 65 and is tied with Meena Lee for the first-round lead in the LPGA Tour event.

Brandie Burton, Kris Tamulis, Jeong Jang, Hee-Won Han, and Thai rookie Virada Nirapathpongporn are one shot behind.

Scranton, 45, can't remember the last time she was atop a leaderboard.

She had only three rounds in the 60s last year, but finished in a tie for 14th at last week's rain-shortened Sybase Classic after opening with 69.

Her best finish this year was eighth at the Takefuji Classic in April.

Lee, who tied for second here last year, had eight birdies, one bogey and needed only 24 putts in matching the career low she set earlier this year in winning the Fields Open in Hawaii.

Former Georgia player Vicki Goetz-Ackerman shot 67, as did Sophie Gustafson, Liselotte Neumann, Mikaela Parmlid and Marcy Hart.

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: In Virginia Water, England, Paul Casey finished birdie-eagle for 5-under-par 67 and a share of the lead after the first round of the European Tour event.

Casey is tied with Luke Donald, Nick Dougherty and Andrew McLardy.

Angel Cabrera, David Howell, Peter Lawrie and Raphael Jacquelin are a shot back.

Eleven players shot 69, including Ernie Els.

Former Augusta State golfer Oliver Wilson opened with 76.