Seve Ballesteros launched a blistering attack on fellow golfer Paul Azinger, accusing the American of lying during a rules dispute at last month's Ryder Cup.

Ballesteros was discussing an incident during a foursomes match on the first morning, when Azinger and Chip Beck admitted changing to a different compression ball on the seventh tee, in violation of the one-ball rule.

"Azinger didn't cheat, but he lied," the Spaniard said. "He said {the change of ball} happened once, but we know it happened three times.

"At first he denied it completely, then when he realized they could not lose the hole he changed his statement."

Ballesteros and his partner, Jose- Maria Olazabal, called for their captain Bernard Gallacher, but because a protest was not lodged until after the ninth hole no penalty was imposed.

The Spaniards fought back from a three-hole deficit to win that match and beat the U.S. players again in an afternoon four-ball contest.

At the end of the day Azinger called Ballesteros "the king of gamesmanship" and accused him of coughing while the Americans were hitting their shots. Ballesteros denied trying to put the Americans off by coughing: "I did nothing like that at Kiawah Island."

Olazabal conceded that Ballesteros did cough: "I was coughing too. We were not very well that week. But he was coughing when nobody was hitting shots." . . .

Jeff Maggert and Steve Jones completed their weather-delayed first rounds with 7-under-par 65s, joining Robert Wrenn to share the lead in the Independent Insurance Agent Open in The Woodlands, Tex.

Wrenn completed his round Wednesday before morning fog and afternoon lightning forced postponement of the first round. The second round will be played today and the $800,000 event, originally scheduled to end Saturday, will conclude Sunday.