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Irwin, Quigley take First Tee lead

Hale Irwin and Rehoboth's Dana Quigley opened with 6-under-par 66s yesterday to share a one-stroke lead after the first round at the Wal-Mart First Tee Open in Pebble Beach, Calif.

Irwin, a two-time winner this year and the Champions Tour's career money leader, had seven birdies and one bogey at Del Monte Golf Course.

Quigley, also a two-time winner this season, who lost to Loren Roberts in a playoff at The Tradition last week, had a bogey-free round at Del Monte that included six birdies.

Walter Hall and Doug Tewell, playing at Pebble Beach, the host course, shot 67s, one stroke off the lead and a stroke ahead of a logjam of players, including former two-time US Open champion Curtis Strange.

''I think 66 over here at Del Monte is a good round," Irwin said. ''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."

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

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," Irwin said. ''But you have to be up there to have a chance. It's always good to be in the mix."

LPGA -- Sherri Turner and Tina Barrett shot 3-under 69s to move into a tie for the lead after two rounds of the State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill.

Turner and Barrett, each looking for her first victory since 1989, started the round a shot off the pace and got to 9-under 135 at the Rail Golf Club.

Barrett opened with a chip-in eagle from about 110 yards at the first hole, and followed with three birdies and two bogeys. Turner carded six birdies and overcame a double bogey after hitting her tee shot at No. 16 into the water for the second straight day.

''I don't know what the deal is . . . I told my caddie, 'Tomorrow, you line me up,' " said Turner. First-round leader Heather Bowie had a 71 and was one stroke back at 8 under along with Maria Hjorth (67), Liselotte Neumann (65), and Pat Hurst (69).

European -- Sergio Garcia shot a 6-under 65 for a three-stroke lead over Garry Houston after two rounds of the European Masters in Crans-Sur-Sierre, Switzerland.

Garcia, who shot a 32 on the front nine, finished with an 11-under 131 total. He made an eagle at the par-4 fifth hole after he drove the green and holed a 7-foot putt.

First-round co-leader Houston shot a 69, one stroke ahead of Jean Van de Velde (65).

Asian -- Retief Goosen shot a 5-under 67 to retain his one-stroke lead over US Open champion Michael Campbell after the second round of the China Masters in Beijing.

The South African had five birdies for a two-day total of 13-under 131 to hold off Campbell, who shot a 7-under 65.

Campbell kept up the pressure with superb putting and had eight birdies, but he bogeyed the 17th to fall one back of the course record set by Goosen in Thursday's opening round.

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