Creamer, Park soar to fore
With 79, Wie last in Samsung field
Paula Creamer and Angela Park shot 5-under-par 67s yesterday to share the first-round lead in the Samsung World Championship in Palm Desert, Calif., while Michelle Wie was last in the 20-player field after a 79.
The two front-runners have something else in common - the 21-year-old Creamer was the LPGA Tour's Rookie of the Year in 2005 and the 19-year-old Park has already clinched the honor this year.
Defending champion Lorena Ochoa led most of the round, but a late lapse cost her when she made a double bogey on the final hole to drop into a three-way tie with Morgan Pressel and Mi Hyun Kim at 68.
Wie, who turned 18 yesterday, continued to struggle. She sprayed some shots off the tee and couldn't get putts to fall. She was three shots behind 19th-place Bettina Huart.
"It was a really tough day for me," Wie said. "I just couldn't get anything going. What really was the pinnacle of the day: I hit a really good wedge shot and it hit the pin and came back 30 feet. It was just that kind of day."
With conditions ideal on a sunny, still day in the desert, half the field in the elite event finished the first 18 holes under par at Big Horn Golf Club.
Creamer finished second to Annika Sorenstam in the 2005 tournament, and was fifth last year when Ochoa won.
Ochoa didn't have a bogey until she ran into trouble on the final hole. She hit her tee shot far to the right and the ball lodged in the top of a bush. She took an unplayable lie, then hit her next shot into a bad lie in the rough.
PGA - In Las Vegas, Bob May shot a 9-under 63 at TPC Summerlin to top the leaderboard in the Frys.com Open, and Jason Gore finished with an 8-under 63 on the nearby par-71 TPC The Canyons.
Gore will play the Summerlin course today and May at Canyons, then everyone will tee off at Summerlin for the final two rounds.
Jeff Overton, D.J. Trahan, and Cameron Beckman shot 65s at Summerlin to stand two strokes back along with Rich Beem, who had a 64 at Canyons.
World Match Play - Defending champion Paul Casey and six-time winner Ernie Els reached the second round of the
Padraig Harrington, Rory Sabbatini, and Justin Rose were all upset. Anders Hansen beat Harrington, 4 and 2; Soren Hansen defeated Sabbatini, 4 and 3; and Hunter Mahan downed Rose, 6 and 5.
Henrik Stenson and Woody Austin were all square after 17 when play was called.
European - Daniel Vancsik shot a 7-under 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Jose Filipe Lima after the first round of the Madrid Open.