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Kamm, Murphy share Vegas lead; Azinger out

Brian Kamm and Sean Murphy shot 64s, but shared the spotlight with two big names Wednesday in the first round of the 5-day, 90-hole Las Vegas Invitational.

Kamm, who hasn't finished higher than sixth in a five-year career, spiced his bogey-free effort with a 10-foot eagle and Murphy birdied the last two holes for a share of the lead.

Much of the attention went to Greg Norman and Paul Azinger.

Norman, playing his first American event in almost two months after intestinal problems caused him to lose 13 pounds, shot 67.

"Pretty good, considering it's my first competitive round in six or seven weeks," he said after his round at Las Vegas Country Club.

Bradenton's Azinger, on a comeback from successful cancer treatment, continued to have back spasms and bowed out of the tournament before it began.

Tournament added in "95

PHOENIX _ The 1995 golf year will conclude with a new tournament, the $3.65-million World Championship of Golf.

The match-play event among 32 players in four groups will be played in four rounds over nine months with the finals in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Dec. 30-31.

The Thunderbirds, a booster club that sponsors the PGA's Phoenix Open, will operate the tournament at the Grayhawk Golf Club.

Kennedy leads at half

WEST PALM BEACH _ Former champion Roger Kennedy shot 3-under-par 69 and led halfway through the PGA Senior Club Professional Championship. Kennedy was at 141 for 36 holes, a stroke ahead of Patrick O'Brien. First-round co-leaders Roger Watson and Ed Everett were at 143 and 144, respectively.