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GOLF ROUNDUP Birdies have Billy Mayfair soaring Colo.



Published: Sat, August 6, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- There aren't many players who make more eagles and birdies than Billy Mayfair. And there aren't any tournaments that reward below-par shooters the way the International does.

Mayfair, who ranks second behind only Vijay Singh in birdies and eagles this season, rolled in a 70-foot putt for eagle on No. 17, then finished with a birdie to take the lead after the first round Friday.

"Any more on this tour, it's better to be aggressive than anything else," Mayfair said. "I'll play the same way tomorrow -- as aggressive as I can. But not stupid."

Playing at high altitude (6,300 feet) and using the modified Stableford scoring system, two factors that reward big hitters and aggressiveness, Mayfair scored 15 points to lead Brandt Jobe by two, D.A. Points and Charles Howell by three and Geoff Ogilvy and Tim Petrovic by four.

Under the Stableford scoring system, players get five points for eagles, two for birdies, nothing for pars and lose one point for bogeys.

Mayfair finished with five birdies to bring his total to 313 for the year. But it was his long roller on No. 17 -- for his 13th eagle of the year -- that went down as the shot of the day.

"I was just hoping to hit a good two-putt, make a birdie and go on," he said. "It was just one of those 40-footers."

Told a bit later that it was really more like 70 feet, Mayfair said, "Oh, OK, 70 feet."

3M Championship

BLAINE, Minn. -- Tom Purtzer matched the tournament record with a 9-under 63 that included a hole-in-one, and he held a one-stroke lead over Bruce Lietzke. Champions Tour rookie Don Reese had a 66, one stroke in front of nine players, including defending champion Tom Kite. The group at 69 included U.S. Senior Open champion Allen Doyle and leading money-winner Dana Quigley.

Johnnie Walker Championship

GLENEAGLES, Scotland -- Steve Webster shot a 5-under-par 67 to share the lead with fellow Englishman Mark Foster. Webster birdied five holes on his back nine and was at 6-under 138. Foster, the first-round leader, shot a 70 that featured an eagle on the 16th.

U.S. Women's Amateur

ROSWELL, Ga. -- Morgan Pressel advanced to the semifinals, beating fourth-seeded Jennie Lee 7 and 6. The 17-year-old Pressel will face Angela Park, who eliminated top-seeded In-Kyung Kim 3 and 2. In the other semifinal, Australia's Alison Whitaker will face Venezuela's Maru Martinez, a senior at Auburn.

Cox Classic

OMAHA, Neb. -- U.S. Open fan favorite Jason Gore shot a 12-under 59 in the second round of the Nationwide Tour event. Gore started on the back nine and had five birdies for a 31 at the turn. After a bogey at the par-5 first, he went on to post two eagles and four birdies for a 28 on the second nine at the 6,966-yard, par-71 Champions Run course. He moved into third place, three shots behind leader Jon Mills, who was at 15-under after an 11-under 60.

Scandinavian TPC

LODDEKOPINGE, Sweden -- Liselotte Neumann shot a 2-over 74 in rainy conditions to lead Gwladys Nocera by one stroke after the second round. Tournament host Annika Sorenstam shot 75 to share sixth place on a windy day at the Barseback course.




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