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WALDORF PICKS UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF

Since he finished fourth in the Texas Open 2 1/2 weeks ago, Duffy Waldorf said he's spent most of his time away from golf and the rest of it trying to keep his new-found putting stroke working.

After continuing with a routine he started before Texas, Waldorf made it pay off again in Williamsburg, Va., as he needed just 23 putts in an 8-under-par 63 that gave him a one-shot lead after the first round of the Michelob Championship.

"Just concentrating on hitting the ball the right distance on my putts is all I've been doing, and it's really helped," Waldorf said after equaling the best round of his career.

Brad Bryant also had his putter working, at least for 17 holes, and he was one stroke back.

Greg Kraft, 138th on the money list, had a bizarre round with nine birdies, one bogey and a three-putt double for a 65 that left him in third place, one shot ahead of Kirk Triplett, Scott Gump, Lennie Clements and Brett Quigley.

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