Irwin, Quigley shoot 6-under 66 for first-round lead

Updated: September 3, 2005, 1:13 AM ET
Associated Press

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. -- Hale Irwin and Dana Quigley both shot 6 under pars 66s to share a one-stroke lead over two players Friday after the opening round of the Wal-Mart First Tee Open.

Irwin, a two-time Champions Tour winner this year and the circuit's career money leader, shot a seven-birdie, one-birdie round at Del Monte Golf Course.

Quigley, who also has two victories this year and leads the season money list, carded a six-birdie, no bogey round, also at Del Monte.

Walter Hall, Bob Gilder and Doug Tewell, all playing at Pebble Beach, the host course, shot 67s, one stroke ahead of six players, including former two-time U.S. Open winner Curtis Strange.

"I think 66 over here at Del Monte is a good round," said Irwin. "It looks like a course you can tear it up, but it's a test. The course is not as easy as it looks. There are some greens that can give you problems."

The oldest golf course west of the Mississippi River, Del Monte replaced the more difficult Bayonet Golf Course in the second-year tournament. The Del Monte layout, built in 1897, measures only 6,257 yards, far shorter than most Champions Tour courses.

"There was no wind and that helped," said Quigley, who played the course for the first time in his career. "The fairways were soft."

The unique First Tee Open pairs 78 pros with a junior partner in foursomes that also include two amateurs. The top 22 pro-junior teams will advance to Sunday's final round, also at Pebble Beach.

Irwin, whose practice round at Del Monte early in the week was his first time on the course, was never in trouble.

"I don't get too excited with first-round scores," said Irwin. "But you have to be up there to have a chance. It's always good to be in the mix."

Roger Maltbie, playing with junior partner Mike Smith of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Jim Thorpe and Amit Odalyar of Lodi, Calif., and Strange and Thomas Klingman of Bedford Corners, N.Y., share a one-stroke team lead after 64s at Pebble Beach.

Defending tournament champion Craig Stadler is tied for 11th after a 69 at Del Monte.

Arnold Palmer, 75, the oldest tournament entrant and one of the principle owners of Pebble Beach, shot a 12-over-par 84 at Del Monte.

The winner of the 54-hole tournament will earn $300,000 of the $2 million purse.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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