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Parnevik tops first round leaderboard at Byron Nelson

Thursday, April 24, 2008

By The Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- Jesper Parnevik has been so inconsistent that he's willing to take advice from a golfing buddy he refers to as a "complete hack monster."

Something worked Thursday, with Parnevik overcoming gusty wind and a redesigned course to shoot a 2-under 68 in the first round of the EDS Byron Nelson Championship.

That left him only one shot behind Ryan Moore, Mathew Goggin and Eric Axley, whose 67s made them the highest-scoring first-round leaders at the Nelson since 1984.

So what was that tip Parnevik received during a phone call Wednesday night from his friend in Colorado?

"It was really a stupid thing," Parnevik said. "It was the way he had his left big toe at impact. ... It should be kind of pointed a little bit upwards."

Parnevik was in a group of eight players at 68 that included 10th-ranked Adam Scott, the only player from the top 10 in the world ranking in the field. Kevin Sutherland, Briny Baird, Shaun Micheel, Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson and Parker McLachlin also shot 68s.

Only 24 of the 156 players in the field broke par. Masters champion Trevor Immelman, playing for the first time since winning the green jacket, finished with a 78, better than only three other players.

Stanford International Pro-Am

AVENTURA, Fla. (AP) -- Paula Creamer shot a 3-under 68 for a share of the first-round lead in the inaugural Stanford International Pro-Am on a day that turned into a test of endurance more than anything else at windy Turnberry Isle.

Momeko Ueda and Young Kim also were 3 under, with Ueda shooting a 68 on the par-71 Soffer Course and Kim carding a 67 on the par-70 Miller course.

Carolina Llano -- the final alternate to get into the field -- was a stroke back along with Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr, Yani Tseng, Candie Kung, Kyeong Bae and Meena Lee.

BMW Asian Open

SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Australia' Peter O'Malley shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead after the opening round of the BMW Asian Open.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson, India's Jeev Milka Singh, England's Oliver Wilson and Finland's Mikko Ilonen opened with 68s on the Tomson Shanghai Pudong course in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.

Greg Norman had a 71, and Retief Goosen shot a 72.



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