CHARLOTTE, N.C. - On a day when the steamy South felt more like late fall in New England, Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh tied for the lead at the Wachovia Championship.

Woods took his only bogey of the round when he drove into the trees on No. 9 at Quail Hollow and had to settle for a 4-under 68. Singh played the final three holes in 3 under to salvage a 71 and join Woods at 6-under 138.

Also tied for the lead was Arron Oberholser, who made birdies on his last three holes for a 69. They had a 1-shot lead over Ted Purdy (69) and Jason Bohn (72).


BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Nicole Castrale shot a 4-under 67 in muddy conditions for the first-round lead in the SemGroup Championship at Cedar Ridge.

In search of her first LPGA Tour win, Castrale had the only bogey-free round of the day to take a 1-stroke edge over Brandie Burton, Angela Stanford and Karin Sjodin.

Champions Tour

LAKEWAY, Texas - Leonard Thompson shot a tournament-record 8-under 64 to take a 2-stroke lead in the FedEx Kinko's Classic, making the 60-year-old player the Champions Tour's oldest first-round leader of the year.

Thompson, a three-time winner on the 50-and-over tour after also winning three times on the PGA Tour, completed his bogey-free round with an eagle at the Hills Club.

European Tour

MILAN, Italy - Austria's Markus Brier and Spain's Alvaro Quiros joined Sweden's Joakim Backstrom at 10 under in the rain-interrupted Italian Open. No players completed the second round at the Castello di Tolcinasco Golf Club.