Five Tied On Top in Endicott


A large group of opportunists share the lead at 7-under after round one of the B.C. Open, the other PGA Tour event, being played this week at the En-joie Golf Club in Endicott, N.Y.
The leaderboard, and the field, are looking at this event as a great opportunity to cash in on the $378,000 first-place check and $2.1 million total purse, with the majority of the tour's top players competing across the pond at the British Open.
Tripp Isenhour, Shaun Micheel, David Morland IV, Joe Ogilvie, and Paul Claxton all shot 7-under 65s, with Brian Wilson a shot back at 6-under.
Micheel finished his back nine in a flurry, carding five birdies in a six-hole stretch to share a piece of the lead. Morland used an eagle-2 on the par-4 16th to get him into the mix, and Claxton led all players with nine birdies to forge his way to the top.
Defending champion Jeff Sluman, who was the favorite coming into the tournament due in part to his win last week at the Greater Milwaukee Open, had it to 3-under after seven holes, but faltered with a two bogeys and a double to shot even par.
Another nine players are two shots off the pace, in with 5-under 67s, including PGA Tour winners J.P. Hayes, Jim Gallagher, Jr., Donnie Hammond, Brian Henninger, Chris Perry, and David Peoples. Perrys lone tour win came in the 1998 B.C. Open.
Forty-eight-year-old PGA Tour veteran Jay Haas was taken to nearby Wilson General Hospital after complaining of pain thought to be brought on by kidney stones. No details were released and Haas officially withdrew from the event.
Full field scores from the B.C. Open