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Texas heat wilts first-round leader

Some tough playing conditions cooled Ted Purdy on Friday.

A day after matching the course record with a 61, Purdy struggled through the stifling heat to a 69 that left him 10-under 130, one stroke behind Dean Wilson midway through the Texas Open.

Purdy was tied with Wilson with two holes to play, but he carded his fourth bogey by hitting his tee shot over the green on the par-3 17th and two-putting from 15 feet.

"Because it was so hot, the ball was flying further and I misjudged some iron shots," Purdy said. "I hit a 5-iron yesterday in the middle of the green, pin high (on No. 17), and today I hit a 5-iron over the green behind some trees."

Purdy played in the peak heat, which reached 97 degrees, and when the wind came up in the late afternoon.

By contrast, Wilson shot 65 going out early in the morning, when conditions were better at the La Cantera Golf Club course.

LPGA: Tour rookie Brandi Jackson shot 6-under 66 and held a one-stroke lead in the rain-delayed opening round of the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore. Play was called about 7 p.m. with 31 players still on the course. The lowest score of those who didn't finish was 2 under. The first round was to be completed this morning with the second round to follow.

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