Five Share Lead at Rainy Reno


RENO, Nev. -- Bob Tway, Steve Pate, Paul Stankowski, Andy Miller and Kirk Triplett posted matching rounds of 5-under-par 67 on Thursday to share the lead during the first round of the Reno-Tahoe Open.
Play was suspended due to thunderstorms in the area and the first round is slated to resume at 11:00 AM EDT. There were two suspensions on Thursday and nearly an inch of rain washed out Montreux Golf & Country Club.
Tway tallied a pair of birdies on the front nine but his round got going with a 50-foot birdie putt at the 11th. He added another birdie two holes later after he sank a 10-footer and he closed his round with a 20-footer for birdie at the last.
'It's always nice to shoot a good round,' said Tway, who won the 1986 PGA Championship but has not won on tour since 1995. 'It means nothing. We've got way too much golf left. It's nice to get off to a good start.'
Pate began his first round on the back nine and things did not get off to a good start. He drove into a bush at the 10th but his ball came to rest on the cart path where he received a free drop. Pate knocked an 8-iron to 20 feet and ran home the birdie putt.
Pate recorded birdies at 12 and 15 but did not record his next birdie until the par-5 fourth hole. He joined the logjam atop the leaderboard with a birdie at the eighth hole.
'I was real lucky,' said Pate, who owns six victories on the PGA Tour. 'I've been doing a lot of stuff real well for a couple of months.'
Stankowski got his round started with a 15-foot birdie putt at the 10th and a four-footer at the next hole. He birdied the 17th and tallied back-to-back birdies at three and four to claim his piece of first place.
Stankowski has missed significant time in the 2003 campaign after wrist surgery. He came back at the Western Open but it was too soon and the pain was so severe he withdrew. On Thursday, Stankowski was worried that he might have forgotten what it was like to compete on tour but the quick start soothed his doubts.
'I didn't know if I'd remember how to play after being off so long, but I birdied the first two holes and that pretty much got me going,' said Stankowski, a two-time winner on tour. 'It's so good to be back out.'
Miller, son of former player and current NBC analyst Johnny Miller, recorded an eagle, four birdies and a pair of bogeys before he reached the 616-yard, par-5 ninth hole. He missed the green left with his second shot but hit a wedge to seven feet to make birdie and join the pack in the lead.
'I hit it great today, what can I say?' said Miller. 'I hit every single fairway and really only had one three-putt hiccup.'
Triplett, who attended the University of Nevada, opened on the back nine and birdied the 15th then nearly aced the par-3 16th when his 7-iron hit the flagstick. He settled for birdie at 16 then birdied four of his first five holes on the second nine.
Triplett could have had sole possession of the lead but a bogey at the par-3 seventh cost him first place to himself.
'I'm thrilled,' said Triplett, who withdrew from last week's PGA Championship with a back injury. 'I don't want to say I've been playing awful, but I have. I think I hurt my back because I was swinging so bad.'
Dennis Paulson, Luke Donald, J.P. Hayes and Cameron Beckman carded rounds of 4-under-par 68 to share sixth place. Rod Pampling, who shared the first-round lead of the PGA Championship, is 4 under par through seven holes.
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