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Blake, US start strong

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Associated Press
July 23, 2010
— Jay Don Blake shot a 4-under 67 to lead a strong American showing in the opening round of the British Seniors Open at Carnoustie on Thursday.

Blake is in a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard alongside Germanyís Bernhard Langer and Englandís Carl Mason.


Below that trio the only non-American in the next 17 places was Scotsman Sam Torrance, who shot a 69.


Carnoustie, widely rated as the toughest links layout on the British Open championship rotation, is vastly different from most of the courses on the Champions Tour.


ďItís a golf course where you canít be aggressive because you canít fly the ball at flags like we are used to over in the courses we play in America,Ē said Blake, who had six birdies and two bogeys. ďI have had to learn a whole new game, which is fun. Itís exciting, but itís tough.Ē


Among the Americans chasing the leaders were U.S. Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin (69) and former captain Tom Lehman (71).


Delahoussaye shoots 62 in Canadian Open

At Toronto, Brent Delahoussaye shot an 8-under 62 on Thursday to match the Canadian Open record, making an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey in perfect scoring conditions at historic St. Georgeís.


Four others have shot 62s in the Canadian Open, the first three at Glen Abbey. Leonard Thompson set the mark in 1981, Andy Bean matched it in 1983, both at a par of 71, and Greg Norman did it in 1986, when par was 72. Hunter Mahan had a 9-under 62 at Angus Glen in 2007.


Delahoussaye, 29, also broke the course record of 64 set by Canadian George Knudson in 1968.


Vance Veazey and Brock Mackenzie opened with 64s.


Oosthuizen tied for lead

At Stockholm, British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen shot a 5-under 67 and was tied with Australiaís Richard Green and Dustin Johnson of the United States after the first round of the Scandinavian Masters on Thursday.


Just four days after his runaway victory at St. Andrews, Oosthuizen started full of confidence on an overcast, breezy day at the Bro Hof Slott course with a birdie at the par-5 578-yard first hole.


Pressel shoots 66

Morgan Pressel of the United States birdied the first three holes and finished with a 6-under 66 Thursday to lead after the first round of the Evian Masters in Evian-Les-Baines, France.


Melissa Reid of England and Sun-Ju Ahn of South Korea each birdied the last hole to join her in the lead. Michelle Wie (68) was tied for sixth.



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