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Jang leads after Wie, Sorenstam stumble

Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie had trouble with the strong wind and rain at the Women's British Open in Southport, England. Jeong Jang sailed right through with a 4-under-par 68 yesterday and the first-round lead.

Jang, a South Korean looking for her first win in 5 1/2 years on the LPGA Tour, had an eagle and four birdies at Royal Birkdale for a one-shot lead over 2000 champion Sophie Gustafson.

Sorenstam's 1-over 73 left her five shots back in her bid for a 10th major title and third of the season, while Wie shot a 75.

Play was suspended with 30 players having to complete their first rounds this morning.

PGA -- Rookie Nick Watney shot an 8-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh and Jason Bohn after the first round of the Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Mich., leaving him seven strokes ahead of Tiger Woods.

Woods finished at 71, his worst round at the Buick Open since his first in 1997, and ended his tournament-record-tying streak of eight straight rounds in the 60s.

Champions -- Craig Stadler's 7-under 64 tied the first-round record at the US Senior Open and left him one shot in front of Tom Purtzer with seven others within four shots.

Stadler birdied his first two holes at NCR Country Club in Kettering, Ohio, and never let up, tying the mark set by Bruce Fleischer in 2000 and matched in 2002 at Caves Valley by R.W. Eaks.

Ouimet Memorial -- Jack Kearney was one of only two players to shoot par in the second round of the event at Charles River Country Club in Norton to gain a share of the lead with Andy Drohen heading into today's final round. Kearney's 70 gave him a two-day total of 145, tying him with Drohen, who shot 73.

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