05/23 21:19 CDT Parel shoots 66 to lead wind-altered Senior PGA Championship
Parel shoots 66 to lead wind-altered Senior PGA Championship
By JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) --- Scott Parel took advantage of ideal scoring conditions
Thursday morning to shoot a 4-under 66 and take the first-round lead in the
weather-delayed Senior PGA Championship.
The gusting afternoon wind, which buffeted flags and shook hospitality tents
across Oak Hill Country Club's East Course, hadn't yet fully arrived when Parel
closed with birdies on the par-4 17th and 18th. Retief Goosen, Marco Dawson and
Ken Tanigawa were a stroke back.
The round was completed just before 9 p.m., about a half-hour after the sun
set, and 14 hours after the first group teed off. The long day was the result
of late-morning thunderstorms that caused a delay of 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Parel also eagled the par-5 fourth, dropped a stroke on the par-4 seventh and
birdied the par-5 13th.
Jesper Parnevik, Jeff Maggert and Darren Clarke shot 68s on the 6,800-yard
course that changed in complexion with the dramatic shifts in weather that
rolled through suburban Rochester.
The day began with temperatures in the mid-60s and hardly a whiff of a breeze.
Though rain softened the usually fast greens in the afternoon, players faced 15
to 25 mph wind, with gusts up to 40. That played havoc on the narrow course
with tiny greens and placed a premium on avoiding the rough.
Of the 15 players who finished under par, 12 came from the morning groups and
just three from the afternoon.
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