Duval makes a rare charge

By Steve Saunders,Virginia
Thursday 09 January 2014 03:08
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David Duval finished strongly with an eagle and seven birdies to share the lead after the first round of the Michelob Championship here.

Duval, twice a winner of the event, hit a seven-under-par 64 to finish level with Japan's Hidemichi Tanaka. It is the first time the former Open champion has had a first-round lead since last year's Buick Challenge. "It is nice to have a good round. I've had few lately, so it feels good," Duval said.

Duval is one of three members of the American Ryder Cup team who are playing here. Scott Hoch, another member, shot a 66 and is tied for third with Corey Pavin, Loren Roberts, Bart Bryant and Argentina's Jose Coceres. The US Ryder Cup captain, Curtis Strange, stumbled to a three-over 74. The third member of the side, and the double defending champion, David Toms, was six strokes off the pace after a one-under 70.

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