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Clarke leads PGA after one round

  |   Aug. 12, 2004 at 9:00 PM
KOHLER, Wis., Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Darren Clarke shot a 7-under 65 on the surprisingly easy Whistling Straits course Thursday and took the lead after one round of the PGA Championship.

The longest course in major championship history was expected to be a difficult test. But officials moved up several tees, the greens held approach shots, the wind never blew hard and pin positions were not difficult.

Clarke had a one-shot lead over Ernie Els and Justin Leonard and was two shots in front of Luke Donald, Briny Baird, Scott Verplank and Vijay Singh.

Jay Haas was among those at 68 as he tries to become, at age 50, the oldest major championship winner. Phil Mickelson, who was first, second and third in this year's majors, had a 69.

Tiger stumbled to a 75, leaving him in a tie for 104th place. He needs a good round Friday to survive the 36-hole cut.

Despite the fact 39 players broke par, Clarke said he expected to see a more difficult course the rest of the week.

"I think if the wind blows and the greens firm up, then we are going to see a real challenge," he said.

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