CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Padraig Harrington shot a 6-under 66 yesterday, giving him a 1-shot lead over Vijay Singh and Jason Bohn on a day of ever-changing wind at the Wachovia Championship at Quail Hollow.

During a three-week break after the Masters, Harrington had an early stage of skin cancer removed from his forehead.

Trevor Immelman lost 22 pounds after battling a parasite. He still is not at full strength, although he managed a 68.

Stephen Ames, who will defend his title at the Players Championship next week, challenged for the lead until dropping strokes on the 15th and 18th, both courtesy of the wind, and was among those at 69.

European Tour

MILAN, Italy - Joakim Backstrom shot a course-record 10-under 62 in the first round of the Italian Open, coming within a stroke of matching the lowest round on the PGA European Tour this season.

The 29-year-old Swede broke the Castello di Tolcinasco course record by a stroke to take a 1-stroke lead over Austria Markus Brier (63).

Defending champion Francesco Molinari of Italy shot a 67, and American Tom Lehman had a 70 that included an eagle from 165 yards.