Three share du Maurier Classic lead


COQUITLAM, British Columbia -- Trish Johnson sloshed through the late-afternoon rain yesterday to a 5-under-par 67 and a share of the first-round lead in the du Maurier Classic, the LPGA's final major tournament of the year.

Johnson, a Briton who splits her time between the American and European pro tours, had the lead until she bogeyed her 17th hole on the Vancouver Golf Club course and dropped into a tie with early finishers Laurie Rinker and Debbie Massey.

Johnson, 24, birdied three straight holes on the back nine, but couldn't hold the lead.

"Three birdies on the trot -- you really can't complain," she said. "When the rain came down, it was perfect. I get fed up with the hot weather in this country."

Hardee's Golf Classic

COAL VALLEY, Ill. -- Greg Norman, trying to make amends for his last showing in Illinois, shot a 6-under-par 64 before rains suspended first-round play in the $1 million tournament.

Play was halted for 75 minutes when a thunderstorm brought heavy rains to the Oakwood Country Club course in late afternoon. It was resumed for 15 minutes, then halted for good, when the course was swept by strong winds and rain. The 45 golfers on the course will resume first-round play this morning.

Middle Atlantic PGA Seniors

CENTREVILLE, Va. -- Al Green of Lake Arbor Golf Club made a 25-foot eagle putt on the sixth playoff hole and defeated David Jimenez of Wintergreen Resort for the 40th annual championship at Chantilly National G&CC.; The two were tied at 141 after 36 holes in the 35-man field, were still tied after a three-hole medal playoff, and went to sudden death.

In the 18th-annual Quarter Century championship conducted concurrently, Leo Steinbrecher of Richmond CC registered 146 and had a two-stroke margin on Dick Canney of the host club.

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