Norman's 66 takes him to top of Western pack

July 06, 1991

LEMONT, ILL. LPGA JAMIE FARR TOLEDO CLASSIC — LEMONT, Ill. -- Greg Norman took 66 shots on the golf course yesterday, then leveled a couple more at his critics.

"Everybody expects things of me," said Norman, the winner of 1986 British Open and 66 other tournaments around the world -- but none in more than a year.

"When I don't win, everybody is making up excuses and reasons -- that I'm an alcoholic, that I'm seeing a psychologist, that I'm going to quit the American tour and play in Europe.

"I never said anything like that. How can they write that without checking their facts? I don't know where they get all this stuff," the obviously upset Norman said.

Norman leads the $1 million Western Open by two strokes at the halfway point, with a 9-under-par 135 total.

Mark Lye was second at 137 after a 71 over the Dubsdread course at Cog Hill, which replaced Butler National as the tournament site this year after the all-male club declined to comply with a PGA Tour policy requiring open membership practices for clubs that play host to its tournaments.

Andrew Magee, left-hander Russ Cochran, Gary Hallberg and Fred Couples, a winner last week in Memphis, Tenn., and Lee Janzen were next at 138.

SYLVANIA, Ohio -- Deb Richard shot a 67 for a one-stroke lead in the opening round.

This is the fourth tournament in a row in which Richard has shot a score of 4-under in the first round. But unlike the Rochester International, McDonald's Championship and last week's Mazda LPGA Championship, the Farr is played over three days instead of four.

"In a four-day tournament, you really feel you have a little more play in there," she said. "A great round doesn't help you out as much in a four-day tournament. And a bad round in a three-day tournament will kill you. In a three-day tournament, there's not enough holes to make it up."


Senior Kroger Classic

MASON, Ohio -- Dale Douglass, Terry Dill, Al Geiberger and Dudley Wysong, with 5-under 66s, tied for the first-round lead at the $600,000 tournament. Larry Laoretti was one shot back.

Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino played in the same group at a Senior event other than the Skins Game for the first time.

Of the three, only Trevino broke par yesterday, shooting a 68 which left him two shots out of the lead.

Nicklaus had an even-par 71 over the 6,628-yard Grizzly Course. Palmer, who started the day with a double bogey after hitting his approach into the six-deep gallery, struggled to a 76.


Celebrity Golf Association

LAKE TAHOE, Nev. -- Former Miami Dolphins safety Dick Anderson shot a 4-under-par 68 for a four-stroke lead in the $400,000 Celebrity Golf Association championship.

Anderson shot a 33 on the front nine and then 35 for a CGA championship record in the first day of the event at the Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.

His performance gave him a four-shot lead over Detroit Pistons center Bill Laimbeer and Steve Bartkowski, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback.

Defending champion Mark Rypien, quarterback for the Washington Redskins, shot a 75 (39-36).

Michael Jordan of the NBA champion Chicago Bulls shot a 91.


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