Hallet gets help from father, shoots 6-under 64 to lead GHO


CROMWELL, Conn. -- Jim Hallet, armed with some chipping advice from his father, shot a 6-under-par 64 yesterday to take the first-round lead at the Greater Hartford Open.

"I worked with my dad on my short game and it seemed to help," Hallet said. "Except for on seven, every green I missed I almost chipped in from."

Corey Pavin, Mark Calcavecchia, Scott Hoch and Dillard Pruitt, who won the Chattanooga Classic last week, were tied for second, one shot back.

A light rain fell throughout most of the day and there was no wind, making for ideal conditions on the 6,820-yard Tournament Players Club at River Highlands.

Hallet, who started on the 10th hole, missed six greens in regulation, but didn't have any bogeys.

Hallet credited his father, Ollie Hallet. He took last week off, went home to Yarmouth, Mass., and practiced with him.

"We just worked on my chipping. He thought I was a little stiff," he said.

The loosened-up Hallet also had several big putts, but said his biggest putt came on the first hole, where he made an 18-footer to save par. He then made birdies on the next two holes.

"That was the turning point," he said.

He also had a 20-foot putt to save par on the seventh hole and a 35-foot putt for birdie on 10.

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