Gogel breaks course record in first round

BETHESDA, Md., June 9 (UPI) -- Matt Gogel set a Congressional Country Club course record with an 8-under 63 Thursday and had the lead when play was suspended at the Booz Allen Classic.

The first round was halted because of thunderstorms. There were 42 players still on the course when play was suspended.


Gogel had a three-shot lead over Lee Westwood, Brett Wetterich and Fredrik Jacobson, all of whom had completed the first round at 5-under 66. Kevin Stadler was also 5-under through 14 holes.

Gogel birdied eight of his final 13 holes.

Jim Furyk was among those at 67 while Ernie Els was 2-under through 17 holes.

Both Vijay Singh and Phil Mickelson shot 71.

This is the last tournament before the playing of the U.S. Open at the famed Pinehurst No. 2 course. This week is a good tune-up since the Congressional Country Club hosted the 1997 U.S. Open, won by Els.

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