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Leaney leads PODS golf

The Associated Press

On a golf course where Stephen Leaney said there were no easy holes, he had a simple explanation for how he wound up atop the leaderboard Friday at the PODS Championship.

Staring into a bright sun that toyed with his depth perception, Leaney watched a 40-foot birdie putt on the last hole tumble in for birdie and a 4-under 67, giving him a one-shot lead over Heath Slocum (69), who played at the University of South Alabama, on an Innisbrook course that won't let anyone get too far ahead.

Defending champion K.J. Choi (69) and Chris DiMarco (69) were among those another shot behind.

MasterCard Classic: Stacy Prammanasudh shot a 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead during the suspended first round of the MasterCard Classic, while two-time defending champion Annika Sorenstam had a 69 in her season debut.

Prammanasudh, coming off a victory two weeks ago in the Fields Open in Hawaii, had six birdies and a bogey on the Bosque Real Country Club course — the longest on the tour at 6,932 yards and also the highest at about 8,000 feet above sea level.

Laura Davies and Marcy Hart opened with 68s, and Hee-Won Han and Christina Kim also were 4 under when play was stopped. Han had five holes left, and Kim had seven to go.

Sorenstam was another stroke back in a group at 69 that included Natalie Gulbis, while Mexican star Lorena Ochoa shot a 71.

Toshiba Classic: Jay Haas, Fuzzy Zoeller, Ben Crenshaw, Tom Purtzer, Euardo Romero and R.W. Eaks shot 6-under 65s to share the first-round lead in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.

Peter Jacobsen, Allen Doyle and Morris Hatalsky were a stroke behind, and Loren Roberts, Bobby Wadkins and Bruce Lietzke topped an 11-player group at 67 on the Newport Beach Country Club

Singapore Masters: India's Jyoti Randhawa shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-stroke lead over Scotland's Barry Hume in the Singapore Masters.

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