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Mark O'Meara defeated Eduardo Romero in a playoff hole and the United States opened its defense of the $1.6 million championship with a 2-1 victory over Argentina at St. Andrews, Scotland. Brad Faxon lost by four to Angel Cabrera, who shot a 68, and Justin Leonard's 65 enabled him to beat Jose Coceres by seven.

In early action today, Zimbabwe's Nick Price pulled out of his match with a chest muscle injury. He had been even with Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez through 12 holes. Price sought treatment and hopes to play Saturday.

Helen Alfredsson and Chris Johnson tied first-round leaders Juli Inkster and Karrie Webb for second-round honors at 141 today at the LPGA World Championship of Women's Golf in Seoul, South Korea. Most players were affected by strong winds that gusted across the hilly, 6,395-yard, par-72 Lakeside Country Club West Course. Only seven of the 16 players shot under par.

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