Originally created 08/04/06

Veteran Inkster takes early lead

LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England - Juli Inkster shot 6-under-par 66 to take a three-shot lead in the opening round of the Women's British Open on Thursday.

Inkster, who at age 46 seeks to become the oldest woman to win a major, had a bogey on the final hole after her drive landed a fairway bunker.

Maria Horth and Silvia Cavalleri are tied for second with 69s. Annika Sorenstam finished double-bogey, bogey to go from 3-under to even-par 72, and 16-year-old Michelle Wie bogeyed the opening three holes, finishing at 74.

"I played very well all day. It's a tough golf course. If someone had offered me a 66, I would have gone to the bar and watched," Inkster said. "I'm very happy with the way I played. I did a lot of good things out there."

Wie made her first birdie at the eighth but bogeyed the 11th. The consolation was a 5-iron second shot at 18 that left her ball close to the pin for her second birdie.

"My first few tee shots weren't the greatest," Wie said.

"But it's long gone. I felt like I played well the back nine although I struggled a bit. I made a great birdie at the last hole, and I feel like tomorrow is going to be another day."

Wie wasn't the only contender to struggle.

Karrie Webb, the winner of three tournaments this year - including a major and last week's Evian Masters - had an eight and two sixes as she labored to 76.

SCANDINAVIAN MASTERS: In Loddekopinge, Sweden, Marc Warren, Benn Barham and Nicolas Colsaerts shot 5-under-par 67s to share the first-round lead of the European Tour event.

Michael Campbell, last year's U.S. Open champion, birdied his final hole to join four others at 68.

COX CLASSIC: In Omaha, Neb., Doug LaBelle II and Michael Long shot 8-under-par 63 to take a one-shot lead over seven players, including Aiken's Matt Hendrix, in the Nationwide Tour event.

Hendrix had six birdies, an eagle and one bogey in his 64.

Augusta's Scott Parel shot 67, and former Thomson resident Franklin Langham and former Augusta State golfer Richard Johnson shot 71.


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