Furyk, Haas lead Wachovia C'ship
Jim Furyk and rookie Bill Haas were in a four-way tie for the lead after the first round of the Wachovia Championship on Thursday.
Charlotte:Former US Open champion Jim Furyk and rookie Bill Haas were in a four-way tie for the lead with 4-under 68s after the first round of the Wachovia Championship on Thursday. South Africans Trevor Immelman and Rory Sabbatini also finished with 68s, while Masters champion Phil Mickelson, defending champ Vijay Singh and Ernie Els all had 71s. Singh defeated Furyk and Sergio Garcia in a playoff last year. Els is making his first appearance at Quail Hollow. ''I definitely don't have a mind-set that the course owes me one or anything like that,'' Furyk said. ''I played well here last year, I gave it a good effort, and I was disappointed at that time, but now I have fond memories of it. It's good to come back, knowing my game's in good shape.'' Tiger Woods wasn't there, having already decided to skip the tournament for the first time in three years to be with his father, Earl, who died of cancer on Wednesday. ''He's obviously mentally very strong, and I think he got that from his dad,'' Justin Rose said. ''He'll cope, but it's not easy.'' Rose should know. His father, Ken, died from cancer in 2002 at age 57, and he had been a very big part of his son's development. Ken Rose occasionally caddied for Justin during the early stages of his career. ''Obviously, I was as close to my dad as he is to his, so I know exactly how hard it'll be for him right now,'' Rose said. Rose had a 70 and is tied for eighth at Quail Hollow, a favorite course of the players since the event's inception three years ago. (AP)