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Furyk and Rose card record-low 63s



Published: Fri, September 8, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



At the European Masters, Michelle Wie is facing another missed cut playing against men.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ANCASTER, Ontario -- Jim Furyk and Justin Rose took advantage of perfect scoring conditions Thursday in the first round of the Canadian Open.

Furyk and Rose shot the lowest rounds ever in professional play on the 90-year-old Hamilton Golf and Country Club course, 7-under 63s that left them a stroke ahead of Brandt Jobe, Nathan Green and Frank Lickliter II on the rain-softened layout.

"I shot a low number, but I was obviously aided by the weather and the conditions," said Furyk, two weeks away from his fifth straight U.S. Ryder Cup appearance.

The conditions

With the ground still soggy from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ernesto, Furyk and the other morning starters began play in calm, cool conditions. The temperature climbed into the low 70s in the afternoon, but there was no more than a gentle breeze on the rim of the Niagara Escarpment high above the city of Hamilton.

"We were fortunate that it was soft, but when the golf course gets firm and fast it tends to spread the field out a lot more," Furyk said. "It rewards good shots and hinders bad shots. Whereas, when it's soft, you can kind of get away with some stuff."

Furyk, second on the PGA Tour money list and No. 3 in the world rankings, holed a 9-iron shot from 120 yards for eagle on the 379-yard 12th hole -- his third hole of the day -- and added five birdies in his bogey-free round.

Rose, coming off a fourth-place tie Monday in the Deutsche Bank Championship, had six birdies and a bogey in a front-nine 30 and made two more birdies on the back nine, the last a 1-footer after a 30-yard chip on the par-5 17th. The 26-year-old Englishman capped his afternoon round with a 6-foot par putt on the par-4 18th.

"All it is, is a good start. You still have to keep going forward," Rose said. "I think this golf course commands respect even though it's playing soft now."

They broke the course pro record of 64 set by Tommy Armour in the fourth round of the 1930 Canadian Open.

European Tour

CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Michelle Wie hooked her tee shots, played erratically out of bunkers and unraveled on the par-3s.

There was one consistent element, though: She is facing another missed cut playing against men.

Wie shot a 7-over 78 Thursday in the first round of the European Masters. It was Wie's 10th tournament against men -- she has made the cut only once -- and her first on the European tour.

Wie was tied for 146th on the Alpine layout, with only five players shooting a poorer score. She was 12 shots behind leaders Anthony Wall, Robert Coles and David Carter, who shot 66.

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