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Palm Harbor's John Huston tied for lead at Champions event

BLAINVILLE, Quebec — John Huston and John Cook shot 9-under 63s Friday to match the course record and share the first-round lead in the Montreal Championship, the Champions Tour's lone Canadian event.

Palm Harbor's Huston, coming off his first victory on the 50-and-over tour, and Cook, a two-time winner this year, each had 10 birdies and a bogey on the Fontaine­bleau Golf Club course. They matched the course mark set last year by D.A. Weibring in the inaugural tournament.

Huston, who won the Dick's Sporting Goods Open on Sunday, birdied the final five holes. "Momentum is everything in golf, and it's definitely a great feeling to win last week and come out here and get off to a good start," said Huston, playing in his fourth tour event.

Defending champion Larry Mize was in a group of seven two strokes back.

European: American Bubba Watson missed the cut at the French Open and suggested fan behavior and poor security contributed to his disappointing performance at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Watson shot 3-over 74 in the second round for a 6-over 148 total.

"It's not a normal tournament," Watson said. "There's cameras, there's phones, there's everything. … Every tee says 'no phones, no video cameras,' and on every tee there's hundreds. … There's no security. I don't know which holes to walk through. There's no ropes. I'm not used to that. … I'm not saying it's bad."

Tournament director David Probyn acknowledged the tour's culture is different from its U.S. counterpart and said he hoped Watson would return.

PGA: K.J. Choi shot 6-under 64 to match the lowest score in the two years the AT&T National has been played at Aronimink in Newtown Square, Pa., and he had a two-shot lead over Chris Riley, Charlie Wi, Justin Leonard and Bo Van Pelt. Choi was at 7-under 133 after two rounds. Twenty players were separated by five shots.

Women's U.S. Public links: UCLA's Brianna Do and Texas high schooler Marissa Dodd, 17, advanced to the amateur championship final at Bandon, Ore. Do beat UCLA teammate Stephanie Kono 2-up in the quarters, then topped Annie Park, 16, of Levittown, N.Y., 2 and 1 in the semis. Park beat Wake Forest's Cheyenne Woods, niece of Tiger Woods, 3 and 2 in the quarters.

Palm Harbor's John Huston tied for lead at Champions event 07/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 10:25pm]
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