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GOLF ROUNDUP

Wind? It's a breeze for co-leader Toms

Gusty winds sent 8-iron shots flying 245 yards, while some 4-irons struggled to go 185. The breezes had a few balls fluttering on the slick greens, most of the players couldn't break par and golf's rarest feat spiced up the afternoon.

Indeed, yesterday's opening round of the Honda Classic had almost everything.

David Toms made five straight birdies to highlight his 5-under-par round of 67, and he shared the first-round lead at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., with Geoff Ogilvy, Ryuji Imada and Mathias Gronberg -- the seventh alternate who didn't know he was officially in the field until Wednesday morning.

''There are some good scores today, even with the conditions," Toms said. ''Somebody is always going to play well, no matter who is in the field."

Southeast winds from 15 to 25 m.p.h., with higher gusts, began blowing early and strengthened steadily before dissipating some by day's end. The average score was 74.28 -- the highest first-round mark on tour this year, and three players couldn't play their final hole because of darkness.

Ogilvy's round was bizarre: 11 pars, 2 eagles, 2 birdies, a bogey, a double bogey -- and a double eagle on the 6th hole. His tee shot, with the wind, went 373 yards; his 8-iron from 169 hit the green, hopped three times and dropped in the cup's center.

''When things are going your way," said Ogilvy, who won the Match Play Championship this season, ''things are going your way."

It was the second double eagle on tour this year.

Imada's round was also entertaining, replete with him donning rain gear on the 16th to wade into a hazard and knock an errant shot back into play. He sandwiched six birdies and an eagle around three bogeys.

Of the leaderboard's top 18 players, 13 finished by lunch. Brian Gay -- who was in the first group and had the only bogey-free round -- Billy Mayfair and Jeff Gove were one shot back at 4-under, with Shaun Micheel, 2000 Honda winner Dudley Hart, Scott Hend and John Cook all at 69.

Defending champion Padraig Harrington battled to a 71, and the last three Honda winners before him -- Todd Hamilton, Justin Leonard and Matt Kuchar -- all shot 78.

European/Asian -- Singapore's Mardan Mamat shot a 7-under 65 to share the lead with Australian Marcus Fraser after the first round of the Singapore Masters.

Mardan's eight birdies on the day -- including three on par-3 holes -- offset his lone bogey on the par-4 18th to set the pace at the $1 million tournament, which is being co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours.

Thailand's Prayad Marksaeng and Boonchu Ruangkit and Australia's Wade Ormsby and Unho Park were all two strokes back.

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