Frazar shares lead in Buick Championship

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:35 IST

Golfer Harrison Frazar has returned from a long layoff to grab a share of the first-round lead with three others in the Buick Championship on Thursday.

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Golfer Harrison Frazar has returned from a long layoff to grab a share of the first-round lead with three others in the Buick Championship on Thursday. Heath Slocum, Peter Lonard and Scott Verplank were also atop the leaderboard. Frazar, seeking his first US PGA Tour victory, hadn't played a tour round since withdrawing after the first round in Memphis last month. The birth of his third child nine days ago and family health problems kept him close to home. In that time, he played only a few rounds with his father and some buddies. "Haven't hardly hit more than a bucket of balls at a time, maybe total, in the five weeks,'' Frazar said. "Just spent a lot of time with my family, trying to get everybody squared away.'' US Open champion Corey Pavin, Memorial winner Carl Pettersson, Darron Stiles, Camilo Villegas, Todd Fischer and Ron Whittaker opened with 64s, and former Buick Championship winners Olin Browne and Brent Geiberger were in a 12-player group at 67. Defending champion Brad Faxon struggled with six bogeys and finished with a four-over 74. Long layoff Frazar has made just seven cuts in 15 events this year. He has a pair of top-25 finishes, but golf has been one of the last things on his mind for months now. His wife, Allison, was carrying twins, but one died in the womb at 12 weeks. Frazar has slowly turned his attention back to golf. He had six birdies. His only stumble was on the par-four 15th when he pulled his drive into the greenside pond. He finished with his best round at the TPC at River Highlands in six trips. (AP)

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