Golf: Wales raise the British standard

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THE WELSHMEN Philip Price and David Park led the way for Britain after yesterday's opening day of the 32-nation World Cup here.

Wales, who beat Scotland to win the competition in 1987, secured second place after the first round - thanks largely to Price's three-under-par 68. They are four shots behind the surprise leaders, Japan.

Price dropped one stroke in his round and Park carded a level-par 71. The little known Japanese pair of Mamoru Osahai and Mitsuo Harada lead the event after a combined seven-under-par total, with Osahai capturing the first-round honours with a best round 66.

The England team of Mark James and Peter Baker finished with equal rounds of 71 despite being incorrectly posted as five-under-par leaders early in the day. The debutant United States team of Tiger Woods and Mark O'Meara are tied in third place with Spain, at two-under.

At the South Australian Open in Adelaide, Scotland's Raymond Russell is tied for third place after a round of 68. David McKenzie hit a course- record eight-under-par 64 to open up a three-stroke lead.

At San Roque in Spain, Scott Henderson collapsed to an horrendous 83 in the second round of the tour qualifying school. His fellow Scot, Alastair Forsyth, followed up his sparkling 65 with a 71 to be only one behind the Spanish leader, Ivo Giner. Justin Rose improved on his first day 74 to lift himself up into a tie for 42nd place on one under.

Less than a month after the death of Payne Stewart, the USPGA Tour has announced the establishment of an annual award in his honour. The Payne Stewart Award will be given to the PGA Tour member who "best represents the professionalism and commitment to charity, golf tradition and personal presentation that Stewart exemplified".

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