The most notable moment of Nick Watney's rookie season on the PGA Tour so far was when he played with Michelle Wie earlier this month.
That is, until yesterday.
Watney shot an 8-under-par 64 to take a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh and Jason Bohn after the first round of the Buick Open at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Mich. He leads Tiger Woods by seven strokes.
The 24-year-old Watney has missed seven straight cuts, only breaking 70 once, after his season-best 11th-place finish at the Wachovia Championship.
Watney was in Wie's group at the John Deere Classic, where he finished six shots behind the 15-year-old phenom.
Woods started the Buick Open confident and comfortable because he was coming off a five-stroke victory at the British Open. But he was cursing at himself, slamming his club into the ground and kicking his bag yesterday.
He finished at 71, his worst round at the Buick Open since his first in 1997, and ended his tournament-record tying streak of eight straight rounds in the 60s.
* LPGA TOUR: Annika Sorenstam and Michelle Wie had trouble with the strong wind and heavy rains at the Women's British Open in Southport, England. Jeong Jang sailed right through with a 4-under 68 and the first-round lead.
Jang, a South Korean looking for her first win in 51/2 years on the LPGA Tour, had an eagle and four birdies at Royal Birkdale for a one-shot lead over 2000 champion Sophie Gustafson.
Sorenstam's 1-over 73 left her five shots back in her bid for a 10th major title and third of the season, while Wie shot a 75 on her first visit to this regular stop on the men's British Open rotation.
Play had to be halted for almost an hour because heavy rain left some of the greens flooded.
The delay forced play to be suspended because of darkness, with 33 players having to complete their first rounds today. Wie was 1 over and had just hit her tee shot at the 11th hole when officials stopped play.
* CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Kettering, Ohio, Craig Stadler shot a 7-under par 64 to match the U.S. Senior Open first-round record and held a one-shot lead over Tom Purtzer with seven others -- including Greg Norman and Tom Watson -- within another three shots.
Stadler's 64 tied the mark set by Bruce Fleischer in 2000 and matched in 2002 by R.W. Eaks.