DUBLIN, OHIO — Pavin, bogey-free, leads first round of Memorial
DUBLIN, Ohio -- Corey Pavin, who said he's seeking "mistake-free golf," came closer to that elusive goal than anyone else yesterday in the first round of the Memorial Tournament.
Pavin, who scored his second victory of the season in a playoff at Atlanta last weekend, carried on with a bogey-free, 6-under-par 66 that produced a one-stroke lead over Dave Rummels.
4 Tom Watson and Fuzzy Zoeller were next with 68s.
Pavin's only mistake came on the final hole, and he got away with it.
"Probably the only really bad shot I played," Pavin, the Tour's leading money-winner this season, said of an approach that drifted into the bunker on the right. "The one place on that hole you don't want to be."
But, playing in a light rain, he got it out to about 10 feet and made the putt that saved the lead.
"It was a carry-over of my philosophy from last week: be patient, don't try to force anything, not get too carried away. It paid off," he said.
Rummells, who last year had to return to the tour's qualifying school, overcame two balls in the water to hold second alone.
Zoeller, a non-winner since 1986, matched a double bogey-6 on the third hole with a 30-foot putt for eagle-3 on the fifth.
Watson, who had a chance to win the Masters, has been in contention on a steady basis this year, but has yet to break a victory drought that extends back to 1987.
Jack Nicklaus, founder and host of the tournament and the designer of the Muirfield Village Golf Club course, shot 71; not bad, said the 51-year-old Nicklaus "for a guy just stopping off from the Senior Tour."
LPGA Centel Classic
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Lenore Rittenhouse birdied the final two holes to finish with a 6-under-par 66 and a share of the first-round lead with Lisa Walters in the $1.1 million tournament.
Walters, who never has won a tournament in eight years on the LPGA Tour, matched her career best. She shook off the effects of a bulky knee brace and a steamy 90-degree day at the 6,367-yard Killearn Country Club.
Rittenhouse, who needed only 27 putts, was one stroke off her best round in quest of her second career win. She moved into the tie with a three-foot birdie putt on No. 18.
Legends of Golf
AUSTIN, Texas -- George Archer and Don Bies teamed up for an 11-under-par 61 to take a two-stroke lead after one round in the $770,000 tournament.
Butch Baird and Gay Brewer followed with a 63 over the 6,769-yard, par-72 Barton Creek course and five groups, including defending champions Dale Douglass and Charles Coody, were tied for third at 64.
The opening round was marred by thunderstorms that caused two rain delays, one of 25 minutes and one of nearly three hours in the afternoon.
In the Legendary Players division for players over 60, Roberto De Vicenzo and Charlie Sifford teamed up for a 63 to lead the 10-team field that's competing for $150,000.